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Child Cruelty

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Child Cruelty

The Council is consulting on a Child Cruelty guideline that will include guidelines for three offences:

Cruelty to a child

Causing or allowing a child to die or suffer serious physical harm

Failing to protect a girl from the risk of FGM


The new guideline will provide sentencers across the Crown Court and magistrates’ courts with guidance for all of the offences listed above, which will assist in achieving the Council’s objective of consistent sentencing, and provide transparency for the public regarding the possible penalties for these offences.

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Ministry of Justice
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
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