Reports are requested by the Courts to provide information to assist them to make decisions on sentencing. Social Enquiry Reports include an analysis of offending behaviour, risk assessment, background information and an assessment of suitability for community based sentences e.g. Probation, Community Service, Drug Treatment and Testing Orders, Supervised Release Orders etc.
A social enquiry report will be prepared for all young offenders under the age of 21, all adult offenders who may be sentenced to custody for the first time and any other case as the sentencer may determine. Social Enquiry Reports are intended as an aid to sentencing. The information, assessment, and advice contained in a report will be one of a number of sources of information and opinion, which the Court takes into account when deciding how to deal with your offence(s). Your social enquiry report will provide the Court with information about your circumstances and personality, and any factors which may be linked to your offending behaviour.