Child sex offences committed by children or young persons (sections 9-12) (offender under 18)/ Sexual activity with a child family member (offender under 18)/ Inciting a child family member to engage in sexual activity (offender under 18)

Sexual Offences Act 2003, s.13, Sexual Offences Act 2003, s.25, Sexual Offences Act 2003, s.26
Effective from: 1 April 2014

Child sex offences committed by children or young persons (sections 9–12) (offender under 18), Sexual Offences Act 2003, s.13
Sexual activity with a child family member (offender under 18), Sexual Offences Act 2003, s.25
Inciting a child family member to engage in sexual activity (offender under 18), Sexual Offences Act 2003, s.26

Triable either way
Maximum: 5 years’ custody

These are ‘grave crimes’ for the purposes of section 91 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000.

For convictions on or after 3 December 2012 (irrespective of the date of commission of the offence), these are specified offences for the purposes of section 226B (extended sentence for certain violent or sexual offences: persons under 18) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

When sentencing offenders under 18, a court must in particular follow:

and have regard to:

  • the principal aim of the youth justice system (to prevent offending by children and young people); and
  • the welfare of young offenders.