Why are 16 year olds allowed so much freedom?

Posted: September 24, 2015 in books


There was a new law brought in that teenagers must stay in education until they are 18. They are not allowed to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance until this age and parents who still provide for them would continue to receive child benefit whilst they are in education. That’s all fine and good but what about the fact that they can legally leave home at 16? Surely if as the new law states, they can’t claim any income how are they supposed to support themselves? As a 16 year old getting a job is extremely difficult and while there are apprenticeships out there, they are few and far between. This post is targeted at the 16 year olds who have against parents wishes, decided to up and leave of their own accord. The police will do nothing for the parents claiming that they are legally allowed to leave despite having no way of supporting themselves they even offer the child (and that’s what they are at that age in my opinion) a list of homeless shelters and possible ways of getting money. I think it’s disgraceful that they allow this to happen especially when they come from a good home and are just acting out of selfishness because they can’t get their own way. It used to be that you were under your parents care until the age of 18 what happened to that? And not only as a parent do you hold no rights over your child, you are still expected to attend the police station when they get into trouble because you’re their legal guardian! How does that work?

Sadly I’m speaking from experience and I think the law should be changed especially for spoiled teenagers who only want to be allowed to stay out all night with friends and girlfriends and do whatever the hell they want and parents be damned.

what are your views on this? Has anyone else had a similar experience if so I’d love to hear from you 😀


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