The new guidelines will take effect on 31 May 2022
The Sentencing Council has issued revised sentencing guidelines that clarify how courts in England and Wales should sentence offenders convicted of arranging or facilitating sexual offences against a child.
Sentencing guidelines must be followed, unless the court is satisfied it would be contrary to the interest of justice to do so in all the circumstances of a particular case.
Guidelines set sentencing ranges within the maximum for the offence as set out in current legislation. The guidelines are intended to reflect current sentencing practice for these offences.
Under the revised guidelines, which will come into force on 31 May 2022, judges and magistrates will consider the intended sexual harm to a child, incl...