Age of Criminal Responsibility:Written question - 251270

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
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Asked on: 07 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Age of Criminal Responsibility
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission of 7 May 2019, Torture in the UK: update report, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales.
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Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 13 May 2019

We have no current plans to change the age of criminal responsibility. We believe that setting the age at 10 provides flexibility in dealing with young offenders and allows for early intervention in a child’s life with the aim of preventing subsequent offending. That is why there are a range of options available to the police to resolve offences and put in place interventions to prevent further offending. Furthermore, the particular needs of a child will be identified through assessment by the local multi-agency youth offending team who can refer them on to other services for further investigation and support.

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