3.7. Legal framework for growing up
Children and young people have rights and obligations. In Luxembourg, these are also set out via national laws and the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We offer an overview of these rights and obligations here. Young people in Luxembourg are considered minors until they turn 18, after which they are deemed to be adults. At this point they reach the age of criminal responsibility and have an obligation to participate in political elections. Before this, parents or a state-appointed guardian are responsible for children and young people. They have the right and obligation to raise their children, and must provide for and protect them. Children in turn have an obligation to attend school for at least twelve school years. However, in addition to parents, young people also receive support and protection from the state. This is offered via laws (e.g. to protect against tobacco, alcohol or drugs) and a legal framework to provide protection against violence, neglect, abuse, overly strenuous work, and other harmful influences.