Our Social Work staff assist the courts decide what an offender's sentence should be by providing reports. These reports contain information which assists the courts to assess the offender’s risk to the community.

The information also helps to identify the offender’s needs and what social work services can do to support them.

Reports are provided for:

  • Offenders under 21 years of age
  • Adult offenders who have not previously been to custody
  • Offenders who are already being supervised

Each report must include the following information:

  • Details of the offender’s personal circumstances
  • Their attitude to the offence
  • The impact on the victim (if known)
  • An assessment of the risk of reoffending

The report will also discuss the options available to the court and recommend which one would be best to stop reoffending and protect the public.