Children charged/convicted of crime (R012248)
Thank you for your e-mail of 28 January 2016 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):
“The number of children (aged under 16) who have been charged/convicted of crimes in the past three years.
Could this information please be broken down by age, crime committed and year.
If not possible to provide the age for each offence, is it possible to have something that would say "X number of 12 year old's committed crimes in 2014" for example?”
I must firstly explain that the information held on our electronic system is structured for operational needs, rather than for statistical reporting or research purposes and is constantly updating and changing. Whilst our system is not designed to record statistical data, the data I have been able to provide is based on the number of accused between the ages of 12 and 15 who have been reported to COPFS in the past 3 years, broken down by financial year reported and age. Where you have referred to “charged” in the first aspect of the request I have interpreted this as “reported” as cases are reported to COPFS by Police Scotland and other reporting agencies.
|Children aged between 12-15 reported to COPFS
|Financial Year Reported
I have been unable to provide you with details of the crime and age of the crime committed. Under Section 12 of FOISA, public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under Section 12. The search parameters used to interrogate our electronic system to answer your initial request regarding the number of children charged with crimes in the past three years does not additionally support details of the crime and age of the crime committed. A member of COPFS staff would therefore be required to manually interrogate each case report to locate the specific information regarding the charge. As there were a total of 3,770 subjects involved I hope you will appreciate that we are unable to comply with this aspect of your request within our upper cost limit.