Sentencing of sexual offences: consultation event

Legal practitioners with experience of dealing with sexual offences are invited to attend a consultation event on proposed new sentencing guidelines.

The event, taking place on 7 March at Lancaster University, will give legal practitioners and law enforcement colleagues the opportunity to discuss the proposed approach for judges to take in sentencing rape, sexual assault and offences involving indecent images of children.

Sentencing Council member John Crawforth, formerly Chief Executive for the Greater Manchester Probation Trust, will be chairing the event.

The new guideline is proposing a broader approach to assessing the impact on victims, as well as considering the full context of an offender’s behaviour and motivation, such as abuse of trust. It also reflects the increased use of technology in offences involving indecent images of children, sexual exploitation and grooming.

The Sentencing Council is looking to legal practitioners to feed in their experience in how offending is developing and whether the factors identified in the draft guideline are right. 

Please respond by 1 March to if you wish to attend.

See the consultation at:  

To request a hard copy or further information email the Office of the Sentencing Council.

Timing and venue:  7 March 2013, 10.00 – 12.00hrs

Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YW

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