In Belgium, juvenile law consists of a set of legal rules and jurisprudence with regard to minors and their parents and has a dual intention:
protection of the minor vis-à-vis society, more particularly his or her position in the family and the community. Such protection can lead to interference in family life;
protection of society against juvenile delinquency and general deviant conduct by juveniles or conduct derogating from the general norm.
Juvenile law provides sanctions for juveniles having deviant conduct, civil rights for juveniles and rules for juveniles in dangerous situations.