Youth Crime

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 21st January 2003.

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Photo of Christine Grahame Christine Grahame Scottish National Party

Question S1W-33086

To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the statement in paragraph 44 of the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people , that "data on the number of young people committing offences, being warned, referred to the children’s hearings system or the procurator fiscals are poor" and what changes it has made to the collection and classification of such data since May 1999.

Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour

The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration has successfully implemented major changes to the collection and classification of data since May 1999. The Referrals Administration Database is now fully operational across Scotland. It records all children referred to Children’s Reporters and the process in the Children’s Hearings system.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) database is designed to be an operational case-tracking system rather than a purely statistical database. At the time data was requested from COPFS by Audit Scotland, there was a major roll-out of an upgraded case-tracking system. COPFS are now in a position to provide this type of data for current cases.

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