Q990: Would the police have to contact the parent(s) or guardian(s) of a child who is a victim of an offence?

Generally, in such cases, the police do tend to contact the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the child, after they have spoken with the child. However, there are some circumstances in which the police do not contact the parent(s)/guardian(s), circumstances where they deem it to be inappropriate and not in the child's best interests to do so. The police always seek to act in the best interests of the victim, risk assess each set of circumstances, and then determine the action they are going to take.
Victims of crime, whether they are adults or children, have certain entitlements that are set out in the Victims Code for Scotland. This Code of Practice sets out the services that a victim of crime can expect to receive throughout the criminal justice process in Scotland.
If you are a young victim of crime and are worried about making a report to the police, please see the websites in Related Information, which provide useful information.

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