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Make provision for the parents of young offenders to be legally responsible for
their actions.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Parental Responsibility

(1) A person commits an offence if a child or young person for whom they have
parental responsibility commits an offence but is not charged or subjected to a

(2) 5A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable to the same
charge or penalty as is specified in law for the offence commited by the young

(3) In this section—

2 15Short Title, Commencement and Extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Young Offenders (Parental Responsibility) Act

(2) This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by
order made by statutory instrument appoint.

(3) 20This Act extends to England and Wales only.


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