Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill Toolkit

This call for views has now closed. However, please feel free to use this as a resource for discussions.

Read the responses from schools and young people

The Equalities and Human Rights Committee is looking at the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill which makes changes to how young people are treated by the law. 

We want to hear the views of young people.

We've made a toolkit to help you discuss this with your class, youth,  or community group and report back what they think about the Bill's proposals. This is a chance to be directly involved in the Committee's work and recommendations to the Parliament!

Each resource has a Powerpoint slideshow and some printable sheets. Please use them to investigate and discuss the issue – they can support group discussion or class debate, discursive or persuasive writing – it’s a resource for you, so use it as you see fit.

Included is some information about the Bill, to help inform your discussions, and some notes about how a Bill passes through Parliament. You’ll also find information on how to feed back to the Committee.

This toolkit contains:

  • How to use the toolkit
  • Background to the Bill
  • How to feed back to the Committee
  • More about the Committee, what happens next, and how to keep in touch
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Printouts 

How to use the toolkit:

There are two levels of Powerpoint resources and printouts: generally, one is aimed at primary aged children, and the other is more suitable for secondary level, though we would encourage you to use your own professional judgement as to which is more appropriate for the young people you work with.

If you have any questions at all, please contact the Equalities and Human Rights Committee clerking team on 0131 348 5227 or by emailing [email protected].

Please send us your responses by Friday 5 October 2018.

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