All Children and young people have a right to feel safe and be protected from harm and abuse.

Sometimes adults are not able to look after their children properly or may harm a child in some way. In most cases, help and support can be given to the family to help them to care for their children in a better way.

All parents and children will probably need support at some point in their lives and it is not your fault if you are being hurt in any way.

If you are worried or don't feel safe, please talk to an adult you trust or phone

FAMILY PROTECTION UNIT on 0845 600 5700 (Moray and Aberdeen City.

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP)

The Commissioner's job is to help you understand your rights and make sure that they are respected by all the adults around you.

The Commissioner is responsible for helping to make sure that the lives of you and your friends, your brothers and sisters and all young people in Scotland are as safe and happy as possible.

You can meet the Commissioner and have your say on the SCCYP website.

Know Your Rights

Your rights are protected in law the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This means that no-one can take your rights away from you. In Scotland, the government MUST make sure your rights are protected.

Click here for an Illustrated Guide to your Rights.

These rights are for all children and young people under the age of 18 and if you have ever been 'looked after' or in care you have these rights until you are 21.