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What are my rights?

Rights are something that are things you should have, no matter how old you are, where you live, how much money you have or what religion you follow. Children and Young People have a special set of Rights which is called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child or UNCRC. There is also law in England called the Children Act, 1989 which says adults need to keep you safe.

Your Rights include:

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

Here is a summary of all your rights 

If you think that your rights are not being met, try to talk to someone you feel safe with about this so they can help you have your rights upheld and your views and wishes heard. This could be a teacher, family member, social worker, advocate or youth worker. You can also call a helpline like ChildLine for advice

Always remember that everyone has rights, so you can help others by respecting their rights too.

Further info:

  • My rights when I’m not living at home
  • Childline advice on Rights in lots of areas of your life

Advocacy

Advocates are people who can offer advice and support to children and young people who are experiencing certain situations in their lives including living in care, having a disability, being homeless or wanting to make a complaint. An Advocates main role is to make sure that your views, wishes and feelings are heard when decisions are being made about your life. If you think you are entitled to an Advocate speak to someone you trust like a teacher, youth worker, social worker or family member and they can help make a referral. 

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