Your Rights and the Law
Under 18? Do you know your rights?
Learning the facts about what applies to young people when it comes to the law, can easily reduce the risks of getting involved in criminal activities and it also allows you to take control of your own safety.
Young people tell us:
- He keeps criticising me, he's constantly putting me down and embarrasses me in front of friends. I find it really upsetting. My friends say I'm being abused emotionally.
- She said she was 16. How was I supposed to know she was lying about her age. Now I'm in trouble!
- I only took a bottled water. It's just water, so surely it doesn's count as theft, right?
- She was so drunk she didn't seem to mind. Then the police turned up at my door. I had no idea what's happened would count as rape.
- I wish I wasn't showing off my new car by speeding. He'd still be alive! This will stick with me for the rest of my life. Not to mention his family's!
GET THE RIGHT ADVICE
What can you do:
Call in to one of our One Stop Shops where we can give you information and support you to cope with your feelings and worries.
Join one of our youth projects where you can make friends, build confidence and self-esteem, discuss issues of concern to young people, take part in sports, drama, dance, music, workshops and outdoor activities in a safe environment. Learn about life and others in an informal way.
Speak to a personal adviser at school or college.