THE Age of criminal responsibility has been raised from eight to 12 in Scotland.

Currently children as young as eight-years-old can hold a criminal record.

But now MSPs have backed a bill that will increase the age of criminal responsibility to 12.

Some campaigners are already calling for the government to raise it further to at least 14-years old.

Children's minister Maree Todd has set up a new panel to explore raising the threshold again within three years.

The current age of responsibility in Scotland is two years younger than the rest of the UK, the lowest figure in Europe and one of the lowest in the world.