Age of criminal responsibility – University of York research

Age of criminal responsibility – University of York research


We were contacted by a student at the University of York who is conducting some research into which social influences have led to our current juvenile justice policy with a focus on examining the age of criminal responsibility.

The age is currently 10 years old – but this is subject which is very controversial. There’s a Bill in Parliament to raise the age but that currently seems to be going no where fast.

The research seeks to examine the attitudes of the public to the age of criminal responsibility and whether it ought to be raised above the age of 10.

Can you help?

The number of participants in the research is obviously key and we’re asking whether you, dear reader, can help.

If you can spare a few minutes, please follow this link and complete the questionnaire on what is undoubtedly a very important subject.

Lyndon is the General Editor of Current Sentencing Practice and the Criminal Appeal Reports (Sentencing)


  1. A questionnaire that has been designed to get the response that people believe the age of consent should be raised. Neutral it is not. Interesting example of when studies say people agree with something it is mainly down to how you have framed the question.

  2. Can’t be responsible for a pet until 12
    Can’t have a paper round until 13
    Cannot consent to sex until 16
    Can’t drive until 17
    Cannot work until you are 18
    Can’t leave education until 18
    can’t drink until 18
    will not appear on a jury until 18
    Yet they are responsabile for their actions in a criminal court at 10

    it’s wrong.

    They are simply not capable of the sophisticated mental reasoning like an adult and they are required to be held fully responsible for criminal actions at 10, a more “welfare based” approach in dealing with young people who commit serious crimes will have a better outcome for everyone.