SCYJ briefing on children and custodial sentences for a second knife offence

The SCYJ has published a briefing for YOTs on how children are affected by the new law on custodial sentences for second convictions for knife offences.

This short briefing explains exactly what the new law says, including the discretion it gives courts not to apply a custodial sentence to children. It goes on to explain what the new law means in practice, including what YOTs may want to include in their pre-sentence reports to inform the court’s decision on whether to pass a custodial sentence when a child is convicted of a second knife offence.