Young people and the law


  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  1. HMCTS reform programme projects explained
  2. Youth Custody Service Placement Team
  3. Placing young people in custody: guide for youth justice practitioners
  4. Youth out-of-court disposals: guide for police and YOTs
  5. [TS No. 8/2018] Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse
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News and communications

  1. Criminal exploitation and ‘county lines’: learn from past mistakes, report finds
  2. Home Secretary announces recipients of Early Intervention Youth Fund
  3. Applications open to run country's first Secure School
  4. Our vision for legal education
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Research and statistics

  1. An evaluation of the YJB's case level ethnic disproportionality toolkit
  2. Youth Justice Agency Annual Workload Statistics 2017/18
  3. An assessment of Independent Child Trafficking Advocates: Interim findings
  4. Youth Custody Improvement Board: findings and recommendations
  5. Harris Review: self-inflicted deaths in custody
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Independent review into self-inflicted deaths in custody of 18 to 24-year-olds: call for submissions
  2. Tackling racial disparity in the criminal justice system: 2018
  3. Justice Committee’s report on young adults: government response
  4. 2010 to 2015 government policy: young offenders
  5. Caught red-handed: why we can't count on police recorded crime statistics
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Early Intervention Youth Fund: successful bids
  2. Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Strategic Plan 2018‒21
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