One in three children breaks law

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A study shows that these children, aged 10 and 11, have broken the law at least once.

10 April 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - According to a study conducted by Amsterdam's Free University, one in three children age 10 and 11 have broken the law at least once. Among the illegal acts are stealing, shoplifting, writing graffiti and physical or verbal abuse.

The researchers estimate that around 130,000 children "show signs of criminal behaviour" and around 5,000 have come into contact with police.

However, children under the age of 12 are not punishable by Dutch law. The report calls for preventive measures and more consultation between schools, health care workers, police and courts.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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