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12 Feb 12 #311766 by dukey
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Its a bit complicated, at 16 they can marry in some circumstances but they can`t buy a pint in a pub, if aged under 18 they cannot go to prison if found guilty of a crime.

For the purpose of this consultation i would think yes they are minors given the 1989 childrens act and the 1973 marital causes act that defines kids under 18 as children and therefore minors.

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12 Feb 12 #311767 by rubytuesday
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Thank you, this is the clarification I need :)

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12 Feb 12 #311768 by dukey
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Hmmm that reads a bit pants, just to be clear.

No i don`t think further definition is needed for this consultation.

And yes those under 18 are minors for the purpose of the consultation as defined by existing statute.

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12 Feb 12 #311771 by rubytuesday
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It read fine to me ;)

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12 Feb 12 #311806 by Tets
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Bump

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12 Feb 12 #311823 by Fiona
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I think the definition should be extended to include 16 and 17 year olds. At present domestic abuse of under 18s is treated as child abuse which is alright for family based abuse but isn''t really appropriate for abuse in teenage intimate partnership relationships.

Dukey, Unhelpfully I don''t think either the CA1989 or MCA1973 actually defines "child."

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12 Feb 12 #311826 by dukey
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Hello Fiona

Both acts use the age of 18, MCA s25(1) clearly states the needs of children who have not attained the age of 18 are a consideration, for this reason i thought no further clarification would be needed, i could easily be wrong though, ill dig out the MCA part, and look for the CA a bit later.

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