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At age 10:

  • You can be convicted of a criminal offence
  • If you are a boy, you can be convicted of a sexual offence

At 12 you can:

  • Be remanded into a secure unit for persistent offending
  • Be sentenced to a secure training centre for persistent offending
  • Be placed on an electronically monitored curfew while you're awaiting a court decision

At 13 you can:

  • Have a part-time job, up to 5 hours a day on a Saturday or during the holidays

At 14 you can:

  • Enter a pub and buy soft drinks but you can't buy or drink alcohol

At 15 you can:

  • Be held in a remand centre or prison to await trial
  • Be fined up to £1,000 and sentenced to detention if you are convicted of a criminal offence

At 16 you can:

  • Leave school once you have completed Year 11 but you must continue in learning until you are 18
  • Consent to having sex
  • Be married or live with a friend or partner with a parent's permission
  • Be prosecuted for having sex with someone who is under 16
  • Apply for your own passport with a parent’s permission
  • Have a Personal Adviser to help you move into adulthood if you have been in care

At 18 you can...

  • Buy and drink alcohol in a bar
  • Buy cigarettes and tobacco 
  • Get a tattoo 
  • Buy fireworks 
  • Marry or register a civil partnership without a parent's permission
  • Buy a house or apply for a mortgage
  • Vote

Proof of age

You can apply for a proof of age standards scheme card for under 12s, 12-15s, 16-18s and over 18s.

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