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
Guidance and regulation
- Placing young people in custody: guide for youth justice practitioners
- Report serious incidents: guide for youth justice practitioners
News and communications
Research and statistics
- An assessment of Independent Child Trafficking Advocates: Interim findings
- Youth Custody Improvement Board: findings and recommendations
- Harris Review: self-inflicted deaths in custody
- Youth Justice Reinvestment Custody Pathfinder: Findings and delivery lessons from the first year of implementation
- Youth taskforce study of perceptions in youth crime action plan areas
Policy and engagement
- Justice Committee’s report on young adults: government response
- 2010 to 2015 government policy: young offenders
- Caught red-handed: why we can't count on police recorded crime statistics