Children and Young People have a right to:
- say what they think and feel,
- be listened to and taken seriously
- an education
- grow up healthy
- a good enough standard of living including somewhere to live, food to eat and clothes to keep warm
- not to be discriminated against
- be protected from abuse, violence, bullying and harm
- have their cultural background and identity valued
- have their best interests put first when decisions are being made about them
In England and Wales there is a law called the Children Act, which says that some professionals have a responsibility for children and young people’s safety. This includes children's social care services, the police and teachers, health workers.
Adults and organisations that work with young people should promote these rights.
The message for Children and Young People is: “No one is allowed to hurt you in any way”.
To find out more about keeping Children and Young People safe and who to contact if you have any worries or concerns please visit the Safeguarding Sheffield Children website.
Children and young people are at the heart of many services throughout Sheffield. Their involvement in the planning, delivery and evaluation of services affecting them is critical for ensuring a service is efficient and based on actual need, click here to find out more.