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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00088: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many children under the age of 12 have received a criminal record since the publication of Do the Right Thing: Progress Report 2012.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 24 May 2016

The information is not held centrally.

A criminal record is only created on the Criminal History System when offence grounds are accepted or established through the children's hearing system. Annual information on children's hearings is the operational responsibility of the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) and is published in respect of each business year i.e. 1 April to 31 March.

SCRA have published research information about backgrounds and outcomes of a number of children aged 8-11 who have been referred to the reporter on offence grounds:

http://www.scra.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Backgrounds-and-outcomes-for-children-aged-8-11-years-old-who-have-been-referred-for-offending.pdf.