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AGE AND THE LAW: Some Facts About Britain

SCHOOL-LEAVING AGE

  • Children have to stay at school until the age of 16. There is no upper age limit.

ALCOHOL

  • You have to be 18 to buy alcohol in a shop or a pub, but if you are 16 and you are having a meal in a pub, you can drink beer or wine with it.

PROSECUTION

  • In Scotland, you can be prosecuted for a crime at the age of 8. In England and Wales, the age is 10. You can't be sent to prison until you are 21.

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