Scottish Child Protection Orders failing

Scottish Conservatives have warned that legislation designed to protect children in Scotland is failing. Statistics suggest that offences against young children have doubled in the last year.

Risk of Sexual Harm Orders (RHSOs) were introduced in 2005 through the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act and applied to those who are deemed to be a risk to children even though their behaviour falls short of criminal activity.

Since 2005 only 14 Orders have been issued and 5 have been breached.

Scottish Government figures show there weer 1,933 sexual offences against children recorded in 2011/12, over double the previous year’s figure of 946.

Margaret Mitchell, Scottish Conservative MSP said “This Act was set up to protect Scotland’s children but it’s clearly not working”.