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Know your Rights

As a child or young person you have rights, including a right to:

  • say what you think and feel, be listened to and taken seriously
  • an education
  • grow up healthy
  • a good enough standard of living including somewhere to live, food to eat and clothes to keep you warm
  • not to be discriminated against
  • be protected from abuse, violence, bullying and harm
  • have your cultural background and identity valued
  • have your best interests put first when decisions are being made about you

Did you know?

In England and Wales there is a law called the Children Act, which says that professionals have a responsibility for your safety. This includes children's social care services, the police, teachers and health workers.

Adults and organisations that work with children and young people should promote these rights.

No one is allowed to hurt you in any way.

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If you are concerned about another child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care

Helpful organisations:

  • Childline for advice and support to children and young people. Phone 0800 1111 or visit the Childline website.

  • Connexions Direct - information and advice for 13-19 year olds. Phone 080 800 13 2 19 or visit the Connexions Direct website.

  • Kidscape is a Children’s charitythat gives practical advice to young people about bullying and keeping safe. Visit the Kidscape website

  • The Samaritans confidential helpline for young people experiencing feelings of distress or despair – tel: 08457 90 90 90. Visit The Samaritans website

  • Youth Access – Tel: 020 8772 9900. This organisation will put you in touch with local services that offer information, advice and counselling

  • The Hideout - for young people affected by domestic abuse. Visit The Hideout website.