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The Children's Panel - life changing

What rights do young people have at a hearing?

• you can bring someone along to the hearing with you like a friend or a family member

• you do not have to agree with the reasons why you are at a hearing - so if you have been asked to attend a hearing because you have committed an offence but you don’t agree that you committed that offence then you can say so

• you have the right to understand why you are at a hearing

• you have the right to talk at the hearing

• you have the right to ask questions at your hearing

• you can talk to the panel members on your own, but anything you do say to the panel members on your own has to be told to the other people at the hearing afterwards (although not in the same words that you use)

• you should tell people at the hearing if you are not happy with what is happening to you, or if you don’t agree with what is being said

• you can appeal against the decision of the hearing within 21 days

• you can complain if you are not happy with how you have been treated

Your rights are protected under law which means no one can take your rights away from you.