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.
- I’m 14 and have just started a paper round. The newsagent wants to me to work between 7-8 delivering the papers before school and then come to the shop at 4-6 to cover the till. Am I allowed to do this?
By law, you are only allowed to work a maximum of 2 hours on a school day during term time. You should tell the newsagent this and see if you can agree working hours that suit you. For more information, see Employment for young persons.
- I have a disability; do I have any particular rights?
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Government must make sure that you are able to live a full and good life and they must help you to do be able to do things independently, and be involved in the community. People who care for you must be given support if they need it. For more information, see Support available for children in need.