Sentencing Council consultation on child cruelty guidelines

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Prison Reform Trust
Prison Reform Trust
Date of publication
1 September 2017
Criminal Justice Services, Offenders, Families, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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In order to ensure fair and just sentencing for women, this response to the Sentencing Council consultation focuses on the implications for women involved in the criminal justice system. As the Council has identified more women than men are sentenced for offences of cruelty to a child; in 2016 56% of offenders sentenced for offences of cruelty to a child, 67% of offenders sentenced for offences of causing or allowing a child or vulnerable adult to die and 52% of causing or allowing a child or vulnerable adult to suffer serious physical harm were women. It is also the case that most of the offenders are parents of the victims.

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