12 December 2013
Sexual offences: Definitive guideline
Definitive sentencing guideline for use in courts in England and Wales on sexual offences.
New – now includes guidance for sentencing offences of sexual exploitation under section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
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.
December 2017 – includes guidance for sentencing offences of sexual exploitation under section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
This pdf should be used for reference only. For in force, definitive guideline(s), go as appropriate to:
Sexual offences: Definitive guideline – Archived PDF
Extract from Sentencing Council’s definitive guideline on sentencing children and young people.