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Abuse cause of persistent youth crime

Sunday Herald - 5th October 2003

Study finds two-thirds of repetitive young offenders first met authorities as victims
By Stephen Naysmith Social Affairs Correspondent

THE majority of persistent young offenders first came to the attention of the authorities because of concerns about their care and welfare, according to new research on children’s hearings. A major study of cases handled by the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration (SCRA) has shown that two-thirds of all those coming before the panel with 10 or more offences to their name had initially been referred not because they had committed a crime, but because they were at risk.

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