If you live in the UK and you are under 18 the law says that you have a lot of rights. Rights are the basic things we should all have. For example, you have a right to go to a school or college.

Laws about family life

  • You have the right to live with your family (unless your family is treating you badly or not looking after you properly)
  • Your parents or carers must send you to school (unless you are ill)
  • You have a right to your own religion, belief, language and culture. If other people are treating your family badly for any of these reasons this is called a hate crime and the police should protect you.

Laws about school

  • You have a right to go to school or college
  • The school should treat boys and girls equally
  • The school should make sure that you are safe and no-one bullies you
  • The school should make sure that no-one bullies you because of your religion or belief, your skin colour or the country you come from.
  • If you are disabled, the school should make sure that you are treated equally and that no-one bullies you.
  • The school should make sure that no-one bullies you if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans, or if anyone in your family is.

Further information

 View a poster giving more information about your rights.

 Watch a video about your rights.

What to do if you are being bullied or treated badly

  • No to bullyingIf you are being bullied at school tell a teacher or another adult.
  • If the bullying doesn’t stop, tell a different adult. If your family is being treated badly tell a teacher or another adult and ask them to help you report it to the police.
To report a hate crime click here.