Young people and the law
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Radicalisation is the process by which a person becomes supportive of terrorism and forms of extremism which results in terrorism.
A gang can mean different things in different situations. It isn’t illegal to be in a gang unless the gang is involved in illegal activity.
A youth court is a type of magistrates’ court for young people between 10 and 17 years of age. A magistrate is a volunteer from the local area who is trained to deal with less serious criminal cases.
A Detention and Training Order (DTO) is a custodial sentence given by a Youth Magistrate or Crown Court for people aged 12-17 years. A DTO is used when young people commit a serious offence or a number of offences. It is classed as a conviction and recorded on the Police National Computer. The aim of a DTO is that upon completion, young people are helped to stop offending through training and education.
The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is 10 years old. This means that children under 10 can’t be arrested or charged with a crime.
People under 18 get different sentences from adults depending on the crime committed. These include discharges, fines, referral orders, youth rehabilitation orders and custodial sentences.