At which age should children be held accountable for their criminal acts?

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chuckymeg
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I did an extended piece of writing on this topic, and I want to know what you guys think.
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(Original post by chuckymeg)
I did an extended piece of writing on this topic, and I want to know what you guys think.
Well its currently 10 in the UK which I think its fair as at 10 you should very well know the difference between right and wrong.
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i think that 10 is about right.
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Personally, I'm in favour of scrapping the minimum age of criminal responsibility completely and treating each case on its own merits. The problem with taking any given age is arbitrariness, for example, some ten-year-olds are more mature than others.
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Personally, I'm in favour of scrapping the minimum age of criminal responsibility completely and treating each case on its own merits. The problem with taking any given age is arbitrariness, for example, some ten-year-olds are more mature than others.
There needs to be some sort of arbitrary age though as everyone should be treated the same in law with the same rules.

Immaturity also should never be an excuse, like being drunk isnt. For Children under 16 though, aswell as punishing them severely so they learn, their parents should also punished as they are obviously terrible at parenting.
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I agree with 10 as it currently is
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There needs to be some sort of arbitrary age though as everyone should be treated the same in law with the same rules.

Immaturity also should never be an excuse, like being drunk isnt. For Children under 16 though, Id also alwell as punishing them severely so they learn, their parents should also punished as they are obviously terrible at parenting.
not always. some kids go off the rails despite the parents best efforts.

there is only a certain amount you can teach before they need to work it out for themselves
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criminal gangs often use children to do their dirty work as they will not be punished.
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I think the Scottish system is better with a very low age of criminal responsibility (8) but a very high threshold for bringing children into the court system. Most child criminals in Scotland are put into the care system without the need to prove failure on the part of parents. Fewer than 100 children a year stand a formal trial in Scotland.
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not always. some kids go off the rails despite the parents best efforts.

there is only a certain amount you can teach before they need to work it out for themselves

Maybe so with your first point

If they cant learn or work it out for themselves they need proper punishment then, which wont happen in this county as theyll always be a lefty liberal meerkat sticking their head up going "They have rights, you cant do that!!!."
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Age 10. They should be responsible for their own actions and words. But I feel like age 13 is the age where you cannot say “but they were little kids then, people change” when people find out when they’re in their 20’s. Idc. Like racism , homophobia and crime.
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