A number one professional group on baby welfare has stated it’s “solely unacceptable” kids simply out of main college are being burdened with felony data.
It comes after new figures confirmed greater than 1,000 kids in Northern Eire acquired felony convictions previously 5 years.
Embody Youth – an organisation targeted on the rights of younger folks, particularly these from deprived backgrounds – stated the present age of 10 for felony duty was too younger.
“It’s solely unacceptable that kids who’ve simply left main training are being burdened with felony data,” stated the organisation’s spokeswoman on youth justice Dr Paula Rodgers.
“We now have repeatedly known as for the age of felony duty to be elevated from 10 years of age to 14 years.
“This is a matter that has been stored on the agenda by the Elevate the Age Marketing campaign spearheaded by Embody Youth.
“Additional to this quite a few calls have been made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Youngster for it to be elevated. We, as a society, can now not ignore the physique of proof and the decision from professionals and those that work with kids to lift the age of felony duty.”
She added there have been higher outcomes than “criminalising kids”.
Figures obtained by the BBC confirmed a complete of 1,085 felony convictions of kids (outlined as being beneath 18) previously 5 years, with the youngest convicted simply 12 years previous.
Greater than 1 / 4 of those got here in 2015, when 279 kids have been convicted.
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