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. Youth crime prevention programmes

    Youth crime prevention programmes - how young people are put on a programme, what they're like, mentoring and involving parents and families.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Feltham Young Offender Institute
  2. Styal Prison and Young Offender Institute
  3. Wetherby Young Offender Institute
  4. Cookham Wood Young Offender Institute
  5. New Hall Prison and Young Offender Institute
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News and communications

  1. Youth Justice Statistics for 2018/19
  2. Making resettlement constructive
  3. £1m grant to help improve outcomes for BAME children
  4. YJB responds to AssetPlus process evaluation
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Research and statistics

  1. Process evaluation of AssetPlus
  2. Youth Engagement Statistics for Northern Ireland 2018/19
  3. Youth Justice Agency Annual Workload Statistics 2018/19
  4. An evaluation of Independent Child Trafficking Guardians - early adopter sites: Final report
  5. Perceptions of the Youth Justice Agency: Findings from the 2016/17 and 2017/18 Northern Ireland Crime Surveys
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Tackling racial disparity in the criminal justice system: 2018
  2. Feltham YOI: Action plan
  3. Youth Custody Service Safeguarding Review
  4. Wetherby and Keppel YOI: Action plan
  5. Eastwood Park YOI: Action plan
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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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