Minimum age of criminal responsibility to be raised from eight to 12
The age of criminal responsibility is set to rise from eight to 12, under legislation introduced to the Scottish Parliament.
It has been introduced following a consultation in which 95 per cent of respondents supported an increase to 12 or above.
According to the Scottish government, the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill will mean:
Early years minister Maree Todd said: “All children deserve the best possible start in life and this legislation marks a key milestone in Scotland’s journey to ensure children are respected and valued.
“We know the actions of children who harm others are often a symptom of trauma in their own lives and that accruing a criminal record actually drives more offending. This legislation will help turn around the lives of troubled, primary school age children - who are often vulnerable themselves – by addressing their deeds in the context of supporting their needs.
“Importantly, the bill contains measures to provide reassurance to victims and communities that serious incidents will still be responded to appropriately.”