Sexual offences: Definitive guideline

Definitive sentencing guideline for use in courts in England and Wales on sexual offences. Version updated as follows:

August 2015 – corrections to minor errors in Annex C.

February 2016 – to reflect legislative changes to sections 48, 49 and 50 SOA 2003 (see pages 89 – 94).

August 2016 – amendment to Annex C.

Sexual offences: Definitive guideline

Note of approach for when sentencing offenders under 18 for sexual offences.

Sexual offences – offenders under 18: Explanatory note

Extract from SGC’s definitive guideline on the Sexual Offences Act 2003. See also note of approach for sentencing offenders under 18 for sexual offences.

SGC Sexual offences guidelines Part 7: Sentencing young offenders – offences with a lower statutory maximum