Young people who sexually abuse: The Scottish context

C. Murray, C. Hallett

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This paper describes the policy and legal context in Scotland in respect of alleged young sexual abusers and considers the challenges encountered by decision-makers, particularly reporters operating in the Scottish children’s hearings system. These include the nature of the problem, resources, child witnesses and corroboration. It is argued that reporters, in considering whether or not to refer an alleged young sexual abuser to a children’s hearing or to take no action, encounter influences in both directions, but on balance there appear to be more obstacles in the way of a referral to a hearing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-260
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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