If you’re aged 12 – 15 and want to use your rights, you need to send a letter to your local authority.
Knowing what to put in your letter isn’t always easy, so we’ve put together this letter you can use:
You can get help from an advocacy worker to work out what you want to say in your letter to the local authority if you want to.
Finding out if it’s ok for you to use your rights
Once the local authority have got your letter they will then check if it’s ok for you to use your rights.
They will check that you understand what you’re asking for and what any decisions made will mean to you. This is called a ‘capacity assessment’.
It’s nothing to worry about
It will probably be one of your teachers or your headteacher who will check. But they might ask someone else to help them if they need to.
To check it’s ok to use your rights, they might look at how you are doing at school, how you get on with other people and how you cope with big issues in your life.
They will also check that using your rights won’t cause you any harm. This is called a ‘impact on wellbeing assessment’.
They will check 8 things. They will check whether, if you use your rights, you will still be:
(You might hear adults call these the wellbeing indicators).
If you’re aged 12 – 15