Individuals subject to supervision as part of a Community Payback Order are supervised by an allocated social worker and may be offered a range of one-to-one or group work interventions. Work will focus on reducing reoffending through developing strategies to make and sustain long-term positive changes. This will include work specific to individuals’ offending behaviour and other related areas such as life skills, problem-solving, anger management, drug/alcohol use, housing, education, employment, and so on.
Find out more about supervision on the Scottish Government website.
Structured deferred sentence and problem solving court
If an offender meets certain criteria their case may be heard by the Problem Solving Court, which can either deal with the case or make the offender subject to a Structured Deferred Sentence (SDS). This offers the opportunity to prove to the court that they can stay out of trouble and co-operate with the criminal justice social work service.
Before receiving a SDS, participants must agree to:
- Attend appointments and participate in arranged individual sessions, or group work, if appropriate.
- Attend court for a review prior to sentencing
Structured deferred sentence may be used by the court in cases other than those dealt with by the Problem Solving Court.
Find out more about the Problem Solving Court.