My Rights

This is an information page for children and young people in care in England and Wales. Below are links to different websites which cover many topics from your rights in care to what happens when you leave care.

 

What am I entitled to?

The level of leaving care support that you are entitled to depends on the amount of time that you have spent in care, how old you are and your plans for education and training. The Children (Leaving Care) Act (2000) describes four categories of children and young people, each of which has different entitlements under the law. These are eligible, relevant, former relevant and qualifying.

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In April 2017 a new category of entitlement was created for young people who are care leavers aged 21-25 years old, known as ‘former relevant pursuing education or training.’ Once you know which category you are, you can then find out your rights and entitlements below. It’s really important that you understand what support you are entitled to, but unfortunately it can be difficult to work out which category you fit into, but don’t worry even professionals struggle to remember it all. If you’re not quite sure, don’t give up; ask your worker who will help you to understand it. Or visit Voice online  at http://www.voiceyp.org/young-peoples-zone/are-you-care-leaver. Here you can complete a quick online survey which will help you to work out category you fit into.

Useful Websites
  • Children's Commissioner for England: The Children's Commissioner for England looks after the interests and acts as the independent voice of children and young people.

  • Childline - Tel: 0800 1111: ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. 

  • Crae - The rights of Young People: Crae protects the human rights of children and provides legal information and raises awareness of children's human rights.

  • National Youth Advocacy Service: The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) is a UK charity providing children's rights and socio-legal services. We offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children and young people up to the age of 25, through a network of advocates throughout England and Wales. NYAS is also a community Legal Service.

  • The British Youth Council (BYC)​: The British Youth Council (BYC) is led by young people for young people, aged 25 and under, across the UK. We empower young people to have a say and be heard.

  • Voice: Getting Young People's Voices Heard: Coram Voice enables and equips children and young people to hold to account the services that are responsible for their care. We uphold the rights of children and young people to actively participate in shaping their own lives.

  • Who Cares Trust: The Who Cares? Trust is a voice and champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. We believe that every child in care should receive the support, encouragement and opportunities they need to enjoy their life and to achieve.