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social inquiry (or enquiry) report

a report on a person and his or her circumstances, which may be required by a court before sentencing and is made by a probation officer or a social worker from a local authority social services department. Sometimes it is an essential preliminary to any question of a custodial sentence.
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The research set out to discover whether the 1991 Act and the National Standards had been successful in changing the form and nature of reports, and in particular whether the 1993 pre-sentence reports focused upon offending behaviour and the seriousness of the offence to a significantly greater extent than did social inquiry reports before the implementation of the Act.
Judge Hale remanded Boy X on bail to reappear for sentencing on November 12 and ordered social inquiry reports.
(1988), Social Inquiry Reports. Aldershot: Wildwood House.
Sheriff Nikola Stewart said the social inquiry reports on White were the worst she had seen in a long time.
Pollock, who faces a life sentence, was remanded back into custody while social inquiry reports are obtained.
As far as the former is concerned the book is, as might be expected, a competent piece of scholarship with chapters covering criminal statistics and crime surveys, fear and victims of crime, situational crime prevention, gender and race, sentencing practice, and the role of social inquiry reports (interestingly, this terminology already feels somewhat dated - |pre-sentence reports' seems to have entered common parlance quickly), and some of the issues developing from the concept of supervision in the community.
The sheriff called for a restriction of liberty assessment and community service and social inquiry reports.
Lord Bonomy deferred sentence on Thompson until February 7 for social inquiry reports.
Sheriff Vincent Canavan yesterday deferred sentence for psychiatric and social inquiry reports.
How often are social inquiry reports or the recommendations of welfare officers not followed?
Deferring sentence for social inquiry reports, sheriff Robert McCreadie told the accused: "This is a serious matter."
Sheriff Joyce Powrie deferred sentence for social inquiry reports.
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