Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR): Workforce Survey

The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) is conducting a scoping study on behalf of the Scottish Government in relation to the introduction of the Bill to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland.  The purpose of this study is to document a baseline of the level of awareness, knowledge, skills and resources that already exists in the workforce and to identify any barriers, opportunities, training needs and other issues across the workforce in relation to the implementation of this legislation.

The survey is anonymous and your information will be used in a report to be shared with the Scottish Government to help inform their plan of action for raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility.

Who should complete the survey?

Any professional who works with, or comes in to contact with, children aged 8 to 11.  For example: teachers, police officers, children’s panel members, lawyers, youth workers, child protection social workers, children and families social workers, youth justice social workers, third sector agencies etc.  Please feel free to circulate the survey to colleagues who may also be interested in completing the survey.

What is involved?

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  We will also be conducting a small number of focus groups with around 32 individuals from across a range of agencies.  These focus groups will be held in December 2017 and January 2018.  If you are interested in participating in one of these focus groups, please provide your name and contact details at the end of the survey.  We will keep your personal information private and confidential.

If you have any questions about this survey please contact Nina Vaswani, Research Fellow on or 0141 444 8622.  Answering the survey indicates your consent for us to use the information you provide in the report.

Click here to start the MACR Survey


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Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622

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