Secure care

Release on licence


Courts or the Parole Board for Scotland may place restrictions on young people's movements, associations and behaviours for the purpose of managing risk to public safety post-release.

Sentences of less than four years

Sentences of four years or more

Parole Board for Scotland

Approximately 16 weeks prior to the child or young person being considered for release, a dossier - including reports from the social work service in the local authority the child or young person intends to reside - will be compiled and sent to the Parole Board for Scotland. This dossier supports consideration of and the setting of licence conditions, which will be in place until the child or young person's sentence end date. The child or young person will be provided with a copy of the dossier and given the opportunity to make written representations to the Parole Board on its contents.

Licence conditions

The Children and Young Person's (CYP) Placement Manager acting on behalf of Scottish Ministers will set the licence conditions for release for those who have been sentenced to less than four years for sexual offences. The license will expire on the same date as the full sentence.

The Parole Board for Scotland sets the licence conditions for all children and young people sentenced under section 205(2) and 208 Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. All children sentenced under section 208 are released on licence, which will expire on the same date as the full sentence. Children sentenced under sections 205(2) or 208 to detention without limit of time are released on life licence.

The licence has conditions which make clear what the person must do (for more information see National Objectives for Social Work Services in the Criminal Justice System: Standards - Throughcare).

A person released and returned to the community but still on licence or under supervision is supervised by a social worker from the local authority where they are residing.

Staff from the secure unit can contribute to setting the licence conditions based on assessments and interventions during their period in secure care.