Managing the Risk of Serious Harm Presented by Young People

Dyer, Fiona (2017) Managing the Risk of Serious Harm Presented by Young People. [Report]

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    Young people aged 12 to 17 years who have committed a serious sexual offence or are considered a serious risk of harm, can be managed in various ways, including under child protection procedures, Care and Risk Management (CARM) or Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) if they have been convicted of the offence in a criminal court. The police have a duty to jointly report young people who are alleged to have committed such offences to the Children’s Reporter and Procurator Fiscal. This applies to young people who are a) under age 16; b) age 16 and 17 subject to a Compulsory Supervision Order (CSO) or c) age 16 and 17, not on a CSO but an open referral to the children’s reporter. A decision will then be taken by the Procurator Fiscal regarding the best system to deal with the offence.