257Pre-sentence reports: supplementary
(1)In section 256 and this section “pre-sentence report” has the meaning given by section 158(1) of the 2003 Act.
(2)In section 158(1) of that Act as applied by this section, “an appropriate officer” includes any registered social worker (as well as any person who is an appropriate officer within the meaning given by section 158(2) of that Act).
(3)In this section “registered social worker” means a person registered as a social worker in a register maintained by—
(a)the General Social Care Council;
(b)the Care Council for Wales;
(c)the Scottish Social Services Council; or
(d)the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.
(4)Section 159(1) to (3) and (5) of the 2003 Act (disclosure of reports) apply in relation to a pre-sentence report obtained by a court for the purposes of section 256 of this Act as they apply in relation to a report obtained by a court for the purposes of section 156 of that Act.