What are your rights?
Rights are commitments made to people by Governments. Everybody has rights and nobody can take them away. Rights ensure that people are treated fairly and looked after properly.
Children and young people under the age of 18 have a special set of rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the UNCRC).
Find out more about the UNCRC here.
Who protects rights?
Governments all over the world have agreed to make sure the rights of children and young people are protected by signing up to documents like the UNCRC. The Government of Jersey have done this and so have promised to make sure that the rights of all children and young people in Jersey are protected.
The Children’s Commissioner also has a special role in protecting the rights of children and young people. She must make sure that the Government keeps its promise to respect, protect and fulfil rights.
The Commissioner looks after the rights of:
- Everyone in Jersey under the age of 18
- Everyone in Jersey under the age of 25 if they are disabled, have been care experienced or have been involved with the youth justice system
- Children from Jersey who are placed off-island for their care or treatment
Childline: 0800 1111
Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you (as a child or young person) can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, Childline is available for you, online, on the phone, anytime.
Calls from Jersey may be chargeable from mobiles and the number will appear on your mobile bill. To call Childline free from Jersey, try using a landline or phone box.
You can find out how to contact Childline online by visiting their website here.
Childline is available:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
MASH: 01534 519000
If you have a concern about a child in Jersey, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
You can also email MASH at enquiries-MASH@gov.je.
MASH working hours are 8:30am- 5pm Monday to Thursday; and 8:30am- 4:30pm on Friday.
An out-of-hours service will operate at other times: the duty social worker can be reached by contacting either the Police on 612612, or via the Hospital Switchboard on 442000.