The Scottish Government is to introduce legislation to Parliament that will increase the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland from eight to 12. 

The new legislation follows a recent consultation exercise in which 95% of respondents apparently supported an increase to 12 or above.

The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill will mean:

“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,” commented Early Years Minister Maree Todd.

“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,” she added. “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.”

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