Instead of blaming the child and following the, frankly, abusive and immoral policy of child criminal responsibility, perhaps societies attention should be more drawn to the adult parent(s). A child who comits any crime could not possibly have understood, grasped or been influenced by the law due to their age and mental ability.
A child's upbringing is absolutely dependant on their parenting. It defies logic that a child could possibly be guilty of a crime. If a child commits an act of crime it is solely the responsibility of the parent for not bringing them up properly. If the argument is that the parent could not control the child then the adult(s) concerned should not be permitted to keep their children as they are unable to parent properly.
Parenting is the single largest responsibility of life and should be met as such by responsible adults.
In addition, the government must repeal the madness of legislation that utterly prevents them dispensing appropriate and responsible discipline. A child cannot be brought up correctly in society if they have no limitations set before them by their parents and influential adults.
There is no excuse for bad parenting, ever. A child can barely understand the concept of the self much before their teenage years let alone criminal responsibility. It is simply unjust to accuse children of crimes that they cannot even attempt to understand.
the criminal age of responsibility should be 18 and not a moment sooner. Until then the child should be the 100% responsibility of the adult parent(s).
Why is this idea important?
Children are the only true innocents of our planet and to corrupt them with adult responsibilities is immoral, unethical, unjust and totally inappropriate.
It's not so far removed from the "good ol' days" when children were hanged for stealing a loaf to feed themselves with. It is not acceptable to criminalise children under any circumstances.
With love, care and proper adult supervision and direction all children prosper. Any child who commits crime has far greater issues than the crime itself. Prosecute the parents and take the child into care.
Repeal the age of criminal responsibility of children.