Social Work reports to courts

Social Work reports to courts

The purpose of the Criminal Justice Social Work Report (CJSWR) is to assist in the sentencing process and to complement the range of other information available to sentencers (for example, victim information and narrative from the Procurator Fiscal). In particular, the CJSWR provides information on social work interventions and how these may affect offending behaviour.

Interviewing the subject of the report and where appropriate, members of his/her family, is critical to the information-gathering process, in order to make an assessment and prepare a report.

Areas for investigation include:

  • an analysis of the individual’s offending behaviour
  • assessing the risk of re-offending/risk of harm which will have an affect on public safety
  • an analysis of the individual’s personal and social circumstances
  • the context of his/her offending behaviour
  • identifying offending and non-offending related needs
  • identifying protection factors as well as risk factors
  • the individual’s response to previous community disposals
  • feasibility of a community disposal