This dissertation will provide a critical evaluation of the current use of out of court disposals for low-level sexual offences and provide some recommendations for their future use and development. This research is conducted on behalf of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Hampshire and is for an MSc Applied Criminology dissertation with the University of Winchester.Out of court disposals are currently being employed for young and adult offenders of low-level sexual offences, however, there are no bespoke out of court solutions for this area in Hampshire. Current solutions being employed include restorative justice measures for both young people and adults. This research will investigate the views of specialists and professionals and use data from public consultations to critically evaluate the current use of out of court disposals for low level sexual offences and to gain perspectives on the future use and possibilities within out of court disposals for low-level sexual offences. This research will take into consideration that low-level sexual offence cases ending with an out of court disposal are uncommon.
This research will conduct two focus group sessions, one has been completed. Participants will range from professionals using OOCDs in their every day working life to specialists advocating for both offenders and victims. Quantitative data collected in previous surveys relating to public opinion of OOCDs in general will also be used in the analysis.