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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…

Returning to school in September

Schools are set to reopen full-time in September and there will be a lot of changes to expect due to the continued risk of Coronavirus (Covid-19). This page will outline the main points to consider. Health & Safety Protective measures will have to be taken and these include: minimise contact…

Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Children’s Services

Children's services is responsible for safeguarding and protecting the welfare of vulnerable children. These responsibilities continue whilst the Covid-19 outbreak is ongoing but there have been some changes in how children's services operate. The government has published detailed guidance and this can be found here. It is important that the…
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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) FAQ’s

General Information What is coronavirus? BBC Bitesize: Coronavirus – Your questions answered NHS Information Where can I go for advice? Become Charity Rights 4 Children  What are the new stay at home rules? Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday 23rd March that there would be new restrictions implemented. People…

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…
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