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Transgender Children

What does it mean to be transgender? Transgender people are people whose gender identity or gender expression differs from the sex that they were assigned at birth. ‘Trans’ is a term often used as shorthand for transgender. Trans also includes non-binary people who do not fall into the categories of…

Not from UK: immigration issues

Immigration issues The immigration system in the UK is very complicated. Children and young people with an immigration issue need to get legal advice. They should only get legal advice from a lawyer (a solicitor, barrister or a qualified immigration adviser). Legal aid is government funded for some kinds of…

Not from UK: finance

Bank accounts Having a bank account is really important but not everyone is allowed to open or hold a bank account in the UK. Young asylum seekers and undocumented migrants have always found it difficult to open a bank account in the UK – usually due to lack of documentation.…

Staying put

Can I stay with my foster carers when I turn 18? Normally once you turn 18, you leave care and are no longer a looked after child. However, since May 2014 it is possible for you to stay with your foster carers after your 18th birthday as part of a ‘Staying…

Children’s services

At what age can I… Getting Information You can ask to see your health records and education records at any age, but you may be refused if showing it might cause serious harm to your physical or mental health, or that of another person. Data Protection Act 1998, Data Protection…

Work and school

At what age can I… Baby-sitting You can baby-sit for a child at any age, although you should check with your parents whether it is suitable for you do so. Coram Children’s Legal Centre recommends 16 as the minimum age for baby-sitting. Going to school The compulsory school age is…

Crime

At what age can I… Crime At 10 you have full criminal responsibility for your actions and can be convicted of a criminal offence. You cannot be convicted of a criminal offence under the age of 10. However, if you have done something that would be considered a crime if…

My body

At what age can I… Body Piercing You can have your body pierced at any age, although your parents may have to go with you and provide consent.  Different local authorities and piercing parlors have their own rules so you should check these before you book an appointment. It could…

My choices

At what age can I… Smoking You can smoke cigarettes at any age, but you are not allowed to buy them until you are 18.  s.7 (1) Children and Young Persons Act 193 as amended by the Children and Young Persons (Sale of Tobacco etc) Order 2007 If you are…

My identity

At what age can I… Body Piercing You can have your body pierced at any age, although your parents may have to go with you and provide consent. Different local authorities and piercing parlors have their own rules so you should check these before you book an appointment. It could…
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