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Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968

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24Causing or allowing persons under sixteen to be used for begging.F3N.I.

(1)If any person causes or procures any child or young person under the age of sixteen or, having[F1 responsibility for] such a child or young person, allows him to be in any street, premises or place for the purpose of begging or receiving alms, or of inducing the giving of alms (whether or not there is any pretence of singing, playing, performing, offering anything for sale, or otherwise) he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding[F2 level 3 on the standard scale] or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both.

(2)If a person having[F1 responsibility for] a child or young person is charged with an offence under this section, and it is proved that the child or young person was in any street, premises or place for any such purpose as aforesaid, and that the person charged allowed the child or young person to be in the street, premises or place, he shall be presumed to have allowed him to be in the street, premises or place for that purpose unless the contrary is proved.

(3)If any person while singing, playing, performing or offering anything for sale in a street or public place has with him a child who has been lent or hired out to him, the child shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be in that street or place for the purpose of inducing the giving of alms.

F3Most functions transf. to D/HSS, SRO (NI) 1973/504. Remaining functions transf. to S of S., SI 1973/2163

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