Age of Criminal Responsibility (ACRA)

Operational Guidance

The above guidance contains information to support Police Scotland and Local Authorities in the application of their operational duties, under the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (the Act). 


Please see briefing below which sets the context & background for ACRA and provides useful information for all staff.



ACC Champions for ACRA


During office hours – via teams, email or telephone numbers below

Christine Casey, Team Leader, Joint Child Protection Team, (01223 306877)

Julia Milne, Whole System’s Approach Coordinator (07703380740)

Ali McAlpine, Lead Service Manager (acting), children’s social work, (07824433179)

Out with office hours

Amanda Ure

Rhona Myatt

via or 0800 7315 520


Victim Support Scotland have produced a information sheet that can be found here - Age of Criminal Responsibility in Scotland - Victim Support Scotland