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Law Society response to the consultation on guidelines for offences of child cruelty

14 September 2017

The Law Society has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on draft guidelines for sentencing offences involving child cruelty and failing to protect a girl from female genital mutilation (FGM).

The guidelines will assist judges, magistrates and practitioners in arriving at the appropriate sentence for offenders convicted of offences of:

  • child cruelty involving assault and ill-treatment, abandonment and failure to protect, contrary to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933
  • causing or allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm, or causing or allowing death, contrary to the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004
  • failing to protect a girl from the risk of FGM, contrary to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

The Society’s response welcomed the guidelines and made a number suggestions in relation to an offender’s culpability and the relevant aggravating and mitigating factors.  

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