Children and young people

The Law Stuff website is full of advice and information for young people on their legal rights and education, housing, crime etc. There are specific answers to the question ‘At what age can I….?’


This  Family Justice Young People’s Board glossary  explains words that are used in the Family Court.

Information and advice about the criminal courts is available from the Youth Justice Legal Centre which covers Wales and Engalnd.

Rights, support and participation

There is a lot of information on children’s rights in Wales on this Children’s Rights Wales website.

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales Act 2001 sets out the Commissioner’s functions,  originally established under the Care Standards Act. The Children’s Commissioner for Wales Regulations 2001  No. 2787 (W. 237) apply.

Children and young people can contact the Children’s Commissioner on free phonelines or texts – details here.


Meic is a helpline for young people needing advocacy services. It also has resources for parents and professionals supporting young people, with details of local services.

There is a Code of Practice for advocacy services that incudes those provided for looked-after after children.

Rights to contact with brothers and sisters

This factsheet of FAQs by children who are separated from brothers and sisters was published in July 2019.