In Scotland, the average age of offenders is just 18. Cases involving children are referred to the Children's Reporter who can take no further action, arrange a children's hearing or divert the child to social work.

Barnardo's run a social work scheme which aims to prevent children becoming persistent offenders. When a child has perpetrated or been the victim of an offence, or where a child is beyond parental control, a Children’s Hearing can be called. This may impose a supervision requirement or place a child in care.

First broadcast:
17 February 2001

Students could be asked to watch the clip to answer the following question: Cases involving children can be referred to The Children's Reporter. What three further actions can the Reporter take? Following the clip, students could work in groups to discuss what they believe are the causes of crime, and why some children are more likely to be involved in crime.