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Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility: Analysis of Consultation Responses, and Engagement with Children and Young People

Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility: Analysis of Consultation Responses, and Engagement with Children and Young People

Thursday, December 1, 2016

ISBN: 9781786526083

Throughout the spring and summer the Scottish Government carried out a public consultation and a series of engagement events with children and young people to seek views on raising the age of criminal responsibility.

Executive Summary

The Consultation took place over the period 18 March to 17 June 2016. The public consultation yielded 76 responses - from 47 organisations and 29 individuals. There is very strong support among respondents for raising the age of criminal responsibility, accompanied by the necessary safeguards for hard cases.

Consultation questions addressed both the principle of change and the key implications in relation to care and protection, risk, disclosure and the role of the children’s hearings system.

Throughout June and July 2016 a series of events have been held with various groups of Children and young people across Scotland, based on the questions in the formal consultation but tailored to meet the needs of each of the groups especially bearing in mind the age of the children and young people and potential sensitivities around individual circumstances.

In all we have engaged with 200+ children and young people from 8 to 22 years old, - this depth of engagement with diverse groups has proved challenging but very worthwhile.