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Children and young people

Your rights if your child goes into care. Children's and young people's rights, for example when their parents divorce.

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  • Young people and familythis link opens in a new window

    Rights of children and young people on family matters including adoption, getting married and the rights of parents under 16.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Young people and employmentthis link opens in a new window

    Includes information on compulsory school age and employment rules for children and young people including permitted working hours and specific jobs such as babysitting and bar work.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Young people - civil rightsthis link opens in a new window

    Rights of children and young people including information on proof of age, discrimination, personal records, punishment and religion.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Young people ? health and personalthis link opens in a new window

    Rights of children and young people to make health-related decisions for example on abortion, alcohol, smoking and drugs and to receive confidential medical treatment.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Young people and the lawthis link opens in a new window

    Rights of children and young people in criminal and civil proceedings including information on police custody, witnesses and the legal help scheme.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Nightstop schemesthis link opens in a new window

    Some parts of the country have special 'Nightstop' schemes for young people aged 16 to 25. These schemes can arrange emergency accommodation for the night with someone who has a spare room. (This applies in England only)

    From: Shelter

  • Children's Commissioner for Walesthis link opens in a new window

    The Commission works to make sure that children and young people in Wales are safe from harm and that as many people as possible know about children?s rights.

    From: Children's Commissioner for Wales

  • 11 Millionthis link opens in a new window

    The Children's Commissioner for England leads 11 MILLION, which works to make sure that adults in charge listen to the views of the 11 million children across England.

    From: 11 Million

  • Sure Start Children's Centresthis link opens in a new window

    Children's centres provide a variety of advice and support for parents and carers. Their services are available to you from pregnancy right through to when your child goes into reception class at primary school.

    From: Directgov

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Divorce and separation

Your legal position if you are married or in a civil partnership and considering separation or divorce.


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Domestic violence, abuse and harassment

Your legal rights if you are suffering any sort of abuse in your home from other members of your family. Find out how to get practical help to protect you and your children.


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Living together and your rights if you separate

Your rights if you are living with a partner but are neither married nor in a civil partnership.


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Wills and probate

When a person dies, someone has to deal with their affairs and decide what will happen to the things they owned. Find out what the law says about how this should happen.

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