MSPs unanimously back move but some want it raised further to 14 in line with UN’s stance

Ministers are under pressure to raise the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales after the Scottish parliament voted in favour of a new higher age of 12.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has urged reform across the UK after the UN’s committee on the rights of the child (UNCRC) decided the global minimum at which a child can be prosecuted should be 14.

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