If you are being sentenced for a criminal offence, the Court may ask our service to complete a report before deciding on how to continue. If this happens, the Court will usually defer sentence for a number of weeks, and our service will contact you to arrange for you to come in and meet with us. When we meet, you will be asked questions about the offence, as well as about your general background. It is important that you attend this meeting, as the Court can remand you into custody if the report is not completed. If you are worried that a report is due, and you have not heard from us, you should contact us on 01738 444244.
Visit Community Payback Order: practice guidance for further information.
Parole Home background
If you are due to be considered for release from custody by the Parole Board, or are soon to be released on licence, the Parole Board asks our service to complete a home background report. This report looks at the suitability of your release address, and considers what conditions should be on your licence to keep you and the public safe.
Your Social Worker will contact you in custody to complete this report, and may also make contact with any family or friends you intend to live with on release.
Home Leave Reports
The prison requests these reports to assess whether an address is suitable for temporary home leave from custody. The Social Worker will contact anyone living at that address before writing the report.
Other reports and assessments
During a community sentence, Social Workers may be asked by the Courts to prepare progress reports, completion reports and reviews. We may also carry out suitability assessments for Drug Treatment and Testing Orders, Diversion from prosecution, Fiscal Work Orders and Restriction of Liberty Orders.