Young people and the law


  • Alcohol and young people

    It's illegal to buy alcohol if you're under 18 and you can be stopped, fined or arrested by the police for drinking in public

  • Age of criminal responsibility

    The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is 10 years old. Children are treated differently from adults, are dealt with by youth courts and sent to special secure centres for young people.

  • Youth offending teams

    Youth offending teams work with young people that get into trouble with the law, are arrested, or taken to court, and help them stay away from crime.

  • What happens if a child under 10 breaks the law?

    Children under 10 who break the law can be given a Local Child Curfew, a Child Safety Order or can be taken into care

  • Young people in custody

    Why young people are sent to custody, what it's like, visiting, advice and support

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Guidance and regulation

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News and communications

  1. New unit to tackle exploitation of vulnerable young people
  2. Carpentry workshops helping to steer Surrey young people away from crime
  3. Government response to the Harris Review
  4. YJB response to Harris Review
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Policy papers and consultations

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