Age of criminal responsibility
NIYF have backed the campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12.
The Youth Forum believe that this age should be 16 and that a full and proper discussion on the issue must be facilitated urgently.
Ref: Youth Congress Manifesto – our community
We continue to support this campaign and do not agree that 10 year olds should be criminalised.
We believe that the cause of offending should be addressed and recognise that for some children a criminal record will result in further disadvantage.