WHAT RIGHTS DO I HAVE?
You have rights while you’re in care. These have been put together in a list called the Charter of Rights. It’s for all children and young people in care. You should have your own copy and have it explained to you by your case worker.
If you don’t have one, ask for it. It’s a good idea to read through the Charter of Rights regularly to remind yourself of your rights and ask any questions about it.
All your rights are important, but other children and young people in care have said one thing that’s really important to them is the right to privacy. You have the right to keep in touch with friends and family whenever possible and can ask to have private conversations without anyone listening to what you’re saying.
You have the right to keep your personal belongings in a safe place, and not have other people going into your room without your permission. You also have the right not to have your personal information discussed with people who don’t need to know. If you need more information or feel your rights aren’t being respected, speak to your carer, case worker or the Advocate for Children in Care about this.
If you have any questions about the Charter of Rights, contact your caseworker, talk to your carer or contact the Advocate for Children in Care.
Charter of rights for children and young people in care:
Zero to six years Seven to twelve years Thirteen to eighteen years
Information for staff