The definitive guidelines on sentencing child cruelty were issued on 6 September 2018 and came into force on 1 January 2019.

The guidelines cover the following offences:

The consultation on sentencing of child cruelty was published on 13 June 2017 and closed on 13 September 2017.

Related documents

To support the guidelines and consultations, the Council publishes a range of documents. These documents may include consultation responses, statistical bulletins, resource and equality impact assessments and guideline assessments.

Related documents: Child cruelty