Statement welcoming raising the age of criminal responsibility

01 December 2016

Youth Parliament welcomes raising of age of criminal responsibility


SYP’s Acting Chair, Amy Lee Fraioli MSYP, said:


“Raising the age of criminal responsibility from 8 to 12 is an important step towards fully incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law. Many children who find themselves in children’s hearings are also victims themselves, and are often ill equipped to deal with the situations they find themselves in. This action will help ensure that Scotland is a fair place for children, and shift focus to supporting children instead of criminalising them.


As a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, I am extremely pleased to see real progress on an issue our organisation has campaigned so passionately for. We know that children and young people in Scotland feel strongly about this issue, thanks to the numerous consultations and discussions we have had with them over the years. It is fantastic to see that all of these efforts have now, finally, succeeded, and another important step has been taken to ensure that the rights of all children and young people in Scotland are upheld.”



Notes to editor


  1. All media enquiries to Anna Dickens, Communications Officer at,  0131 524 0816/07729 487627
  2. The Scottish Youth Parliament is democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people.
  3. The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) has campaigned extensively to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland.
  4. In September 2015 the Scottish Youth Parliament hosted a visit by Amal Aldoseri, the Vice Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, at the request of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Tam Baillie. Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) presented information on the state of children and young people’s rights in Scotland, and highlighted the need to raise the age of criminal responsibility.
  5. MSYPs were then invited to Geneva to present evidence to the UN Committee in October 2015, once again campaigning for the age to be raised to ensure children in Scotland’s rights were upheld.
  6. MSYPs returned to Geneva in May 2016 for the UK’s state examination, where they were pleased to hear the Committee highlight their evidence and join the call to raise the age of responsibility.