Report - Independent Inquiry into the Children’s Hearing System

Date: 18th December 2018
Category: Children in conflict with the law
Author: Action for Children


The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) and Action for Children have published a report about their independent inquiry into the Children's Hearings System (CHS) in Scotland.  

The report includes rights-based recommendations in line with the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) such as raising the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to 16-years-old and ensuring 16 and 17-year olds are not tried in adult courts. It provides further recommendations to improve the current system but notes that: 

“Our most fundamental claim is that Scotland will continue to struggle with all of these issues until it finds a way to end or radically ameliorate the inequality and 

poverty that still blight the lives of too many of her children.” 

Read the report here: Kilbrandon again: how well does Scotland support children and young people in trouble?