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Children in care

For a variety of reasons, some children and young people can’t live with their parents. When parents aren’t able to look after a child, the local authority has a legal responsibility to do so. It will find somewhere for the young person to live and someone to look after them. When this happens, the child is said to be “in care” or being “looked after”.

Empowering communities to influence local decision making: evidence-based lessons for policy makers and practitioners

This report draws on a systematic review of published evidence to provide lessons on empowerment for policy makers and practitioners. It aims to enable the development of workable activities for empowerment underpinned by a sound evidence base. It focuses on six key mechanisms that facilitate empowerment: asset transfer; citizen governance; electronic participation; participatory budgeting; petitions; redress.

A child's legal rights At a glance

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been signed by 197 countries including the UK.Most parents make sure that their children grow up with care and support. Most schools do everything they can to make school a good experience. Some children, especially those phoning ChildLine, say that they feel they have no control at home and in school.

Racism

ChildLine takes children’s and young people’s problems seriously, giving them a chance to talk in confidence about their concerns or worries, however large or small. Racism is treating someone differently or unfairly simply because they belong to a different race or culture. People can also experience prejudice because of their religion or nationality.