What is the definition of a child?

The Government’s Working Together to Safeguard Children 2012 document states the definition of children, as in the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 respectively, as “a child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. The fact that a child has reached 16 years of age, is living independently or is in further education, is a member of the armed forces, is in hospital or in custody in the secure estate for children and young people, does not change his or her status or entitlement to services or protection under the Children Act 1989”.

The document is a guidance of what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and will update the 2010 version of the document of the same name.