Charity rejects Home Office claims

    The NSPCC has denied Home Office allegations that it recommended
    that the controversial familial homicide clause in the Domestic
    Violence, Crime and Disorder Bill should apply to all 16 year
    olds.

    The clause – which campaigners want changed – would mean teenagers
    as young as 16 could be found guilty of causing or allowing the
    death of a child or vulnerable adult if they “ought to have
    foreseen” the risk, even if they are not directly responsible for
    that person.

    A Home Office spokesperson stated said it had followed NSPCC and
    Law Commission recommendations. But NSPCC public policy lawyer
    Barbara Esam said that the charity had only recommended the age of
    responsibility should be 16 years in relation to those with caring
    responsibilities.

    Esam said: “There is a danger innocent people will be wrongly
    judged.”

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