A child's legal rights At a glance
What is a child?
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as everyone under 18 unless, "under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier" (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1989). The UK has ratified this convention.
However there are a number of different laws across the UK that specify age limits in different circumstances. These include child protection; age of consent; and age of criminal responsibility.
What the law says about children working
Bedroom sharing and moving out
Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines
Child protection in the UK
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