Your rights

Everyone has rights and, on the whole, the rights an adult has apply to a young person.

Some rights are restricted by age, so if you are under a certain age, you won't be able to do things that adults can do. For example you may not be able to drive, buy alcohol, vote, have a credit card or take a loan.

The kinds of issues that you may have to deal with regarding your basic human rights include:

  • Proving your age
  • Discrimination
  • Choosing your religion
  • Law breaking and being punished

More information and advice

The Citizens Advice Bureau website provides information about general rights such as proof of age and discrimination and also about your rights in specific areas:


If you would like help, get in touch with us for confidential information, advice and support.

The Lancashire Youth Offending Team (YOT) will work with you if you receive a caution from the police, if you are on bail, if you go to court and then if you are sentenced either to a community penalty or to custody. If you have been involved in a crime and need advice and support please contact your nearest office:

Accrington office: 01254 389456

Burnley office: 01282 471200

Lancaster office: 01524 586630

Wyre and Fylde office: 01524 586630

Preston office: 01772 532047

South Lancs office: 01257 516051


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