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Number of children reported to prosecuters for sexual offences rises.

Number of children reported to prosecuters for sexual offences rises.

The number of children reported to prosecutors for sexual offences has risen by 21% in four years, new figures have revealed.

There was also a 34% rise in the number of children being reported as the perpetrators of sexual offences where the victim was another child.

Sexting - sharing intimate images - is one reason for the increase.

Leading prosecutors said the figures show the need for better education of young people.

Alison Di Rollo, the solicitor general, is to host a summit in Glasgow on Friday, to help professionals prevent future sexual offending by children.

 

She said: "Too many children and young people are coming to the attention of the police and the prosecution service in relation to sexual offending.

"There is a growing body of evidence that indicates that the most significant factor in determining whether a child will commit criminal offences in the future is contact with the criminal justice system at a young age. 

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