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LawStuff gives free legal information to children and young people.

LawStuff is run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, which provides more detailed information both over the phone and online. Please be aware that the information on this website is strictly applicable to England.

 

Please note that the LawStuff contact form will be closed from 5pm on the 22nd December 2017 and will reopen at 8am on the 2nd January 2018.

Any emails sent during this time will not be received until the 2nd January 2018 and will be dealt with as soon possible.

If you have a safeguarding concern, please contact either the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or Childline on 0800 11 11.

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               Please click here to access the Child Law Advice Service website which is a resource which provides                     advice to parents, carers and professionals. Lawstuff is specifically designed for children and young people.

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Police and law

This section is about law enforcement. It looks at what the police are allowed to do, what to do if you are a victim of a crime or accused of a crime and what can happen to you if you break the law.
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Children's Services

This section is about the services provided to children and families aimed at keeping you safe and supporting you. It looks at your rights as a child in care, adoption and what you can do if you’re homeless.
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Education

This section is about your education and going to school. It looks at what can be done if you are being bullied, need extra help at school or if you have been excluded from school.
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Not from the UK

This section is for children who have come to the UK from a different country. It looks at immigration status, education and the support or benefits you can get.
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Home and family

This section is about family relationships and things that happen at home. It looks at what happens if your parents separate and cannot agree on decisions about you such as where you live and who you spend time with.
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At what age can I...

This section looks at what age you can do certain things in England. At what age can you buy alcohol, drive a car or have a piercing? You can find the answer to these and many more questions in this section.
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Abuse and bullying

This section is about the different types of abuse and bullying. It looks at cyber bullying, smacking and other forms of abuse and where you can go for help.
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Sex, health and drugs

This section is about your sexual, physical and mental health. It looks at the age of consent to sex, sexting as well as information on legal highs and medical treatment.
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My rights

This section is about your rights as a child. It looks at your right to get a lawyer, to get married or change your name, as well as the broader idea of human rights which apply to us all.
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Online safety

This section is about how you can keep safe while online. It looks at sexting, what you can do about cyber-bullying and how to keep your personal information private.
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Glossary

This is a collection of all the words that we thought might be new to you. Move the cursor over an underlined word on a computer, or tap it on a phone or tablet, to see the definition. Tap again to hide it.
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Who's who

This section is about the adult professionals that you may come across whilst growing up. It tells you about the people who work in the courts, the police station, Children’s Services and your school.