Questions and Answers Guide
This guide is for Child Interview Rights Practitioners (ChIRPs) and aims to provide clarity on practical and procedural matters that have been raised through feedback. This will be subject to regular review.
The information is offered as an additional guide and should there be any conflict, inconsistency or ambiguity, the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (the 2019 Act) and Statutory Guidance on Investigative Interviews take precedence.
The Statutory Guidance on Investigative Interviews aims to support police, local authorities and others with functions related to investigative interviews under the 2019 Act, ensuring that these are carried out in a child-centred way in keeping with the ethos of removing young children from criminal justice processes.
The Code of Practice sets out the national standards of practice that apply to all ChIRPs, in accordance with the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (Register of Child Interview Rights Practitioners) Regulations 2021.
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