Criminal Justice Social Work Report
Reports we provide to a court on an individuals past and current offence(s).
This information is available to download and print:
- What is a Criminal Justice Social Work Report? [357kb]
- Details about court processes at Scottish Courts website
A court can ask for a report to be prepared about an offender before sentencing. This report provides information about the individual and their past and current offence(s).
If the court has ordered a report to be written about you, a criminal justice social worker will meet you to gather information for the report. Interviews usually take place at the social work office and may also include a visit to your home. For anyone in custody, the interview shall take place in prison.
What sort of information will I be asked for?
We will ask for information on:
- your offence(s) which led to you appearing in court as well as any previous offending
- your current personal circumstances
- your financial circumstances
- your health, such as illnesses or disabilities
- your past involvement with social work services.
The report writer will look at this information alongside other details available. The interview will include a discussion with you about whether you are suitable for a community sentence where appropriate. The social worker will explain what this means.
Will anyone else be asked for information for the report?
The report writer will discuss with you if they plan to get information from past social work records. It may involve getting your permission, for example, to obtain information from your GP. It may also be helpful to contact your partner, other family members or other services.
Who will get to see the report?
This information will be treated confidentially, however the report will be seen by the sentencer, Procurator Fiscal (the prosecutor), your defence agent (if you have one) and yourself.
Sometimes the press are present in court; although they are not given a copy of the report, they may report on any case discussed in open court.
What happens once the report is complete?
When you appear at court, the court may give you a community sentence. If this is the case, you may need to attend for interview on the same day or the day after. Usually, the report will include details of your first social work appointment.