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The law affects many aspects of your life, and it is important that you know your rights and responsibilities under the law.  You can call us on weekdays on 0800 328 8970, or at any time using our website's This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , but here are some things that you should know about the law. 

Did you know that there are restrictions about children and young people having a job?

You have to be a certain age and may need a special permit from your Local Authority.  If you are under 16 and working or thinking about getting a job, you should call us to check out what this means for you. Please Click Here to view our page on Employment Rights for People Under 16.

Did you know that you might be able to go and see a solicitor yourself?

Once you are twelve years old, the law presumes that you understand enough to speak to a solicitor for yourself, maybe if your parents are splitting up or if you are involved in the children's hearing system.  You may be able to see a solicitor if you are under 12, as long as the solicitor thinks you understand what is happening.

Did you know that you can be guilty of a crime from as young as eight years old?

In Scotland, children as young as 8 can be guilty of crimes.  However, until you are 16 years old, you are likely to be referred to the children's hearing system (the panel) rather than to a criminal court.

Did you know that your school should have an anti-bullying policy?

Every school should have a policy which states what action they will take if pupils are being bullied.  You or your parents can ask to see the anti-bullying policy at any time.  The school must show it to you.

Do you understand how the Anti-Social Behaviour law can affect you?

Anti-social behaviour includes things like graffiti, dropping litter, shouting abuse, drinking in public places.  If you are behaving in a way that is considered to be anti - social, and you are over 12 your local council can consider asking a court to grant an ASBO (Anti Social Behaviour Order).  Before they do that they have to talk to you and see if you will agree to work with them to stopping the behaviour.  They may ask you to sign an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) which will be drawn up with you, where you will agree to the things that you will do or not do.

Did you know that you can go to see a doctor without your parents' permission?

You can see a doctor at any age but the doctor will only give you treatment if the doctor thinks you understand enough about it.  If the doctor thinks that you do understand enough to make your own decision about your treatment then they cannot tell anyone else about it without your permission.  So they will not phone your parents or carers, or mention anything about it without asking you first.

To find out more about these issues, or anything else, call us free on 0800 328 8970 or fill in our contact form.

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