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Courts: Sentencing Guidance

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the replies by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19 July (HL Deb, col. 1282) concerning sentencing guidance given to judges dealing with convicted female defendants with family responsibilities, whether they intend to amend such guidance to deal with male defendants who, alone, or in company with another male co-parent, have charge of children. [HL7196]

The Judicial Studies Board publication I referred to in my previous Aswer is not a Home Office publication and we have no plans to issue specific guidance to courts when sentencing parents. However, the National Offender Management Service is developing a framework for the children and families of offenders. The welfare of dependent children when single parents are given custody will form part of this.