We all have rights and we all have to respect other peoples' rights. A right is something good that people can claim. Rights are about how you should be treated and how you should treat others. They help you to know what you can do and what others can do.
Rights are usually made by law. Adults have some rights that young people don't, like voting. Young people under 18 have rights of their own like not being forced to work. For young people being Looked After and Leaving Care there are some special rights which are grouped under protection, provision and participation.
Your right to an advocate
Whenever you are unhappy, need support, advice or information you have the right to an advocate. An advocate is someone who knows about young peoples’ rights and understands how people (like children’s social care) should help make sure you are safe and happy. An advocate will;
- Listen to your wishes and feelings and will support you to make sure your wishes and feelings are taken seriously.
- Do what you want in a way that is good for you. An Advocate is on your side and will speak for you or help you speak up for yourself.
- Help you write down your feelings in a way that is useful to you.
- Try to advise you honestly.
- Respect your privacy. This means we will always keep what you say confidential unless you tell us something that will make us worry that you (or another young person) are in danger.
Your right to complain, comment and compliment
At Barnardo’s we welcome complaints, comments and compliments. It helps us understand what we do well and what we need to do better for the children and young people we work with.
It is important that you have the right to complain, comment and compliment (this is called making a representation). If you feel that your rights are not being respected and you don't feel listened to, you can make a complaint.