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Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000

Sections 39 and 40: Indecency with Children Act 1960

97.This Part of the Act raises the age of a child against whom the offence of indecency with a child can be committed to include children up to 16. This closes a loophole in the law and should improve the protection of children against those who abuse them. A similar amendment is made to the Children and Young Person’s Act (Northern Ireland) 1968, although there a child up to 17 is protected to reflect their higher age of consent.

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