Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019: child interview rights practitioners application guidance

Expressions of interest are being invited for children’s solicitors to support children in investigative interviews by the police when instances involving serious harmful behaviours and circumstances have happened.


The Scottish Government will organise and fund pre-registration training for assessment of competences required for the role of the ChIRP for solicitors expressing interest in registering as a ChIRP. The ChIRP would be expected to renew this training annually running from the date of registration.

The pre-service training is expected to span two days, will be delivered online,  is likely to take place mid/late September 2021, and will include:

  • the role and function of ChIRPs
  • the standards expected of ChIRPs
  • how ChIRPs may best ascertain the views of a child
  • the roles and functions of other persons involved in an investigative interview

The Scottish Government will cover the costs for this training. 

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