Young People and Youth Justice

Young people who break the law in Scotland are subject to the youth justice system, which is different to the justice system for adults. The youth justice system in Scotland involves the Children’s Reporter who works with a range of agencies to decide what should be done with young people committing offences. A range of options are open to the Children’s Reporter including referral to the Children’s Hearing System

At SCCJR our research in this area includes work on young people’s perceptions and experiences of crime and the criminal justice system. We also conduct research about young people’s offending behaviour and explanations for this behaviour.