The current age of criminal responsibility is 10 in the UK; however, is this age too low? After all, kids are kids and surely they need a chance to grow up and learn from their mistakes?
It can be argued that children do not know the difference between right and wrong and cannot receive a fair trial.
It is better to show young people that their actions are wrong, as opposed, to criminalising them and labelling them as ‘criminals’ which can have an effect on the way they see things in life in the near future. Labelling at a young age can effect one by fulfilment of the ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ theory, where the labelling of an individual can in effect make them accept the fact that they are criminals and therefore, accept this way of life. Especially when a child is young, this must be taken into consideration, as children are more vulnerable to the self fulfilling prophecy and their future may be damaged if they believe that they are criminals from a young age. On the other hand, critics argue that there are too many crimes committed by young people and there needs to be some form of punishment and that they should not be treated with any form of leniency. However, is punishment really what young offenders need, or, is it rehabilitation? Society needs more to offer in terms of allowing reform
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