Raising the age of referral to the principal reporter

Closes 7 Oct 2020

Opened 17 Jun 2020


The 2019-20 Programme for Government made a commitment to consult on ‘enabling joint reporting to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Principal Reporter of all 16 and 17 year olds’ offence cases’.

Ministers have since agreed to widen the consultation to seek views on increasing the age at which children can be referred to the Reporter for care, protection and offence grounds. This includes young people at risk of exploitation, abuse or harm due to their own behaviour or the behaviour of others.

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation is a key part of ensuring that the needs of our most vulnerable children are considered and that they have the opportunity to be supported in a child centred system which can address identified needs and risks.

We are also seeking views on the structural, resourcing, service design and practice implications of the proposed changes.

Consideration will also be given to whether additional protections and support are necessary for victims of crime.

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  • Children and Families
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Law and Order