Children's rights

All children and young people have the right to be safe, well looked after and be listened to.

The Children's Rights Service is there for children and young people who are looked after, are going through child protection and for those who have left care. We help you understand your rights and give your views. We make sure that your rights are being respected, and your views listened to.

The service is independent of social workers, teachers, residential care staff, foster carers, educational psychologists and all other adults concerned with your care. We work for and with children and young people. We only get involved with your agreement and we won’t share anything we talk about unless it could cause harm to you or others.

An important right is to have decisions made about you that put your best interests first. This doesn’t mean you will always get what you want. However it should be explained to you why decisions are made and any rights you have to challenge these. We can help you with this.

We also support a group of care experienced young people called the Young People's Organising and Campaigning (YPOC) Group, who run campaigns to make things better for all looked after children and young people.

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