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My Rights, My Say

All children have the right to have their views considered when decisions are being made about the support they get with their learning. Children aged 12 – 15  now have the right to be more involved in decisions that affect them.

Once a child reaches their 12th birthday they have the right to:

  • ask their school to find out if they need extra support
  • have a say in plans and decisions made about the support they get
  • have an advocate with them at meetings to help them share their views and understand what’s going on
  • question plans made for them or make an appeal to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal if they are not happy with what certain plans say
  • get help to sort out any disagreements about their support.

My Rights, My Say can help children exercise these rights.

The Children's Views service

My Rights, My Say is a partnership between Children in Scotland, Enquire, Partners in Advocacy and Cairnlegal. Each organisation involved offers different services. Children in Scotland is responsible for leading the Children's Views Service, which is free to use and available across Scotland.

Professionals can refer to the Children’s Views service if independent support is required to ensure a child aged 12 – 15 is able to share their views in a formal process, such as during an assessment, making a plan or a dispute. This differs from advocacy as it is specific to a formal process, whereas advocacy is led by the child and the issues that they want to discuss, which might not relate to a formal process.

The Children’s Views service is also able to work in partnership  with schools, local authorities and other organisations supporting children with additional support needs to develop and enhance practice in listening to childrenParticipation and Engagement is a big part of our work, and we offer our expertise to build capacity and develop participatory approaches in a variety of settings.  Find out more about our participation and engagement work here.

To get in touch or make a referral, please fill in the contact form on this page.

What our partners offer

New films help pupils understand more about their rights

REACH has made 3 children's rights animations to encourage pupils to access support and have a voice at school.

Watch the videos

5Rights

5Rights takes the existing rights of children and young people, and articulates them for the digital world

Find out more

Get in touch!

Contact the team by calling the Enquire helpline on 0345 123 2303 or completing our contact form (link below).

Access contact form

Child rights factsheet

Learn more about children's extended rights to education and additional support in school.

Access factsheet

Briefing for professionals

ENQUIRE has produced a briefing on children's extended rights for professionals.

Read the briefing

Advice for parents

What are my child's rights to additional support? ENQUIRE has some answers.

Find out more

Enquire

Enquire provides advice and information about a child’s rights to additional support with their learning

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Cairn Legal

Providing legal representation to support a child making a reference to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal

Find out more

Partners in Advocacy

Provide advocacy to children aged 12 – 15 to have their say about the support they get with their learning

Find out more