Assessments for dangerousness are required where:
A young person convicted of a specified or serious specified offence (defined by schedule 15 of the Criminal justice Act 2003) is being sentenced in the Crown Court.
In other cases, pre-sentence reports will not normally need to address ‘dangerousness’ unless:
- The court requests it; or
- There are other specific or exceptional factors associated with a case that require such an assessment to be made.
Full detailed guidance on the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and ’dangerousness’ can be found on the YJB website.
YJB website: http://www.justice.gov.uk/youth-justice/publications