CYCJ and the Scottish Sentencing Council invite you to a joint webinar on ‘Sentencing young people’ on January 20.
The Scottish Sentencing Council’s new guideline on the sentencing of young people requires courts to have regard to rehabilitation as a primary consideration and seeks to reduce reoffending among young people. Following approval by the High Court of Justiciary, it will come in to effect for all courts in Scotland from January 26, 2022. It will apply to the sentencing of those who are under the age of 25 at the date of their plea of guilty or when a finding of guilt is made against them.
This webinar will give an overview of key findings from this work, with expert speakers Dr Suzanne O’Rourke, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, retired Sheriff David Mackie, and Kirsty Giles, Psychotherapist, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, discussing the factors which informed the development of the guideline. These include the development of cognitive maturity, the importance of rehabilitative approaches to sentencing, and how the impact of trauma and adversity in childhood can be addressed to reduce reoffending.
John Scott QC will Chair this event, and Fiona Dyer (Director, CYCJ) will introduce it. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.
Members of the Council’s Sentencing Young People Committee will also be present.
Details of how to join this online event will be sent out 24 hours in advance. Please use #CYCJwebinar when discussing on social media.