Custody of convicted children and young people: practice guidance

The procedures to be followed regarding children sentenced under section 205(2) or section 208 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

Scottish Government Policy

10. In exercising Scottish Ministers' discretion as to the placement of those sentenced under sections 205(2) and 208 of the 1995 Act, where practicable and appropriate, children will normally be placed in secure accommodation as near to their home as possible. To help identify the most suitable placement, Scottish Ministers invite the co-operation of partners in identifying children who may be facing criminal charges that could result in their disposal under sections 205(2) or 208. The following details should be provided at the earliest opportunity and should include:

  • the child's name,
  • gender,
  • date of birth,
  • address,
  • offence,
  • if under a compulsory supervision order,
  • any known court dates, and
  • social work contact details.

11. The Children and Young Person's (CYP) Placement Manager acts on behalf of Scottish Ministers in the application of these arrangements. Any queries should be directed to:

Alison Melville
Child Placement Manager
Children’s Rights, Protection and Justice Division
Area 2-C (South)
Victoria Quay

Tel: 07867 390282


Out of Hours contact: 07554 332310




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