“There has been research into the factors that lead a person to commit criminal acts.
For example, the person might be aggressive as a child, spoil things for other people or break things, be generally badly behaved, have difficulty concentrating and find it hard to get along with other children and adults.”
Social Services will always be informed when a child or young person has committed a crime that has come to the attention of the police.
If a child is under 15, the police do not investigate the crime but instead refer the matter to Social Services for an assessment..
If a child is over 15, the police/prosecutor will usually investigate the crime at the same time as Social Services assesses whether the child is in need of some form of Social Services support.
The prosecutor or police investigation officer will also request an opinion from Social Services.
Social Services must investigate whether the child/young person needs support from Social Services or if they are capable of undertaking youth service for young offenders.
If a penalty is imposed, Social Services is responsible for implementing either youth service or a care programme (if there is a need for support).
Youth service is unpaid work for 20-100 hours depending on the penal value of the crime..
A care programme is care provided by Social Services that might include counselling, a qualified contact person or a treatment centre..
Social Services will provide counselling and impact sessions relating to the effects of the criminal behaviour.
These will be undertaken by the social workers or another person selected by Social Services..
The municipality must offer conciliation to any child or young person under the age of 21 who has committed a crime.
Conciliation means that the offender and the victim of the crime are brought together to discuss the incident.
A neutral, unbiased, specially-trained conciliator will take part in the discussion.
The process often means that the victim of the crime gets a chance to say how the crime has affected them and what its impact was.
The victim also has a chance to ask questions, and that can help allay any fears.
At the same time the offender has a chance to apologise and put things right as best they can.
This enables the offender to take responsibility for their actions and to learn about the impact of their actions.
Outside office hours, ring 112 for Emergency Social Services (Socialjouren).
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