Using data gathered through the work of our advocates and our Annual Participation Programme, we have started capturing a list of frequently asked questions around care experience and rights related themes.

We hope you find these helpful. If you have a question that is not covered below, please speak to your WC?S advocate about it. If you don’t have an advocate, you can find out about our referral process by clicking the Get Advocacy link below. If we are not able to provide you with an advocate, you can contact our Helpline for support and signposting.

Rights FAQs

Rights FAQs

How can I get contact with my brother or sister?

Families are important, especially relationships with your brothers and sisters— your siblings. We know these relationships are important for mental health and a sense of identity, so you should be able to contact your brother or sister unless for some reason it’s not in your best interests.

Where can I find information about housing?

Shelter Scotland provide housing advice and information, including advice specifically for young people.

Where can I find out about mental health services for children and young people?

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland gives advice about rights in relation to mental health care and treatment.

NHS Choices – Young People and Mental Health offers advice and information about a variety of mental health problems, as well as links to useful resources.

Breathing Space is a helpline staffed by trained advisors. They will listen and provide support and advice (tel. 0800 83 85 87).

Young Scot has advice if you don’t feel your right to good physical and mental health is being met.

Our friends at the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland also have a helpful website that deals with children and young people’s rights more broadly.