'Rules' at home

Most children and young people have to live by a set of rules, whether or not they are in the care. Rules help people to live together, respect each other, and help prepare you for adult life.


What are the “Rules” at home?

You should be told about what happens at home, and what is expected from everyone.

It may be different from what you are used to. IF IN DOUBT, ask your carers or key worker.

Some of the things you need to know about are:

  • Visitors
  • Telephone calls
  • Using the computer
  • Letters
  • Going out
  • Coming back time
  • Smoking
  • Getting up in the morning
  • Meal times
  • School
  • Bed time
  • Weekends
  • Pocket money
  • And lots more


If "rules" are not stuck to.. 

Your carers should help you to understand what the rules are. This is very important. They should talk with you about what behaviour is OK, what isn't and why. They should encourage and praise you for doing things right.

They should also tell you what might happen if you break the rules.

The law says these things are NOT allowed:

  • Using corporal punishment, such as smacking or beating
  • Stopping you from having your normal meals
  • Eating different food from everyone else
  • Preventing you from having regular contact with your family and other people who are important to you
  • Making you wear different clothes to those around you
  • Stopping you from having medical or dental treatment which you need
  • Keeping you awake so that you don't get your normal sleep (though, if you stay up late, they may still need to wake you up early for school!)
  • Fining you (only a court can do this)
  • Searching your body
  • Locking you into a room (unless you are in a secure unit)
  • Locking you out of your home


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