My Rights

  • Part of your parents’ job (or the job of the people with parental responsibility for you) is to make sure you understand how to be safe when you’re out on the street
  • There are laws which are there to tell everyone how to behave and so protect you from any danger you might face
  • If you find yourself in trouble with the police, your human rights mean you should be treated properly

If you’re out on the street without an adult, it might seem like a different set of rules applies. You’re not at home or school, where someone else can easily tell you what to do or how to do something. Your parents or the people with parental responsibility for you should teach you how to be safe when you’re out. As you get older you should be able to go out and meet friends on your own. You should be free to do this as long as you don’t stop other people enjoying their rights.

What does the UNCRC say about your rights when you’re on the street?

The main right you have as a child/young person on the street is the right to be able to meet with your friends. You should be free to do this as long as you don’t stop other people enjoying their rights.

What other laws protect me when I’m out on the street?

The law protects you in other ways when you’re out – laws about driving, and laws aimed at preventing you being attacked or kidnapped. The law also puts limits on how you can behave so that other people aren’t hurt or threatened by you.

In this section of the website, we look at: