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  • Asylum Seekers

    When people escape from their home country to get away from dangerous situations like war and violence to seek protection in another country, they are called asylum seekers.

  • Children Act 2004

    The Children Act 2004 is a law on the care of children and created the job of the Children's Commissioner for England

  • Children's Commissioner

    The first ever Children’s Commissioner for England is Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green. Al makes sure that adults in charge listen to the views of children and young people.

  • Detained/Detention

    When someone is 'detained' they are taken away from their home and kept in a centre where they are locked in and cannot come and go when they want.

  • Discriminate

    To treat a person or particular group of people differently, especially in a worse way than you treat others, because of their skin colour, religion, sex or age.

  • Diversity

    Everyone is different even though you may have similarities like where you live, what music you like or where you were born. We should celebrate the fact that everyone is unique.

  • Equality

    Equality is about making sure that everyone has the same chance to reach their full potential.

  • Every Child Matters

    'Every Child Matters' is the Government's national plan to help children stay safe, be healthy, enjoy life and learn, help others and stay out of trouble, and have enough money.

  • Legislation

    Legislation is a law or set of laws that have been suggested by the Government and made official by Parliament.

  • Local Authority

    A local authortiy is in charge of the services in your community like schools, rubbish collection and parks.

  • Participation

    Every child and young person has a right to participate in decisions that affect them. 11 MILLION and the Children's Commissioner know that every child and young person has a right to be heard. Explore the 11 MILLION website and tell us what it is like growing up in England - what makes you happy, angry or what you want to change?

  • Recommendation

    A recommendation is the change that you would like to see happen. 11 MILLION makes recommendations to the Government about what they should do to make children's lives better.

  • Safeguarding

    Making sure that children are looked after properly by adults.

  • Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children And Young People

    Children and young people who had to leave their country because of problems there, and didn't come with any adults.


    Every child and young person under 18 has rights. These rights are protected by an agreement between almost all countries of the world. This agreement is called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child or UNCRC for short. The UNCRC says that all children have the right to have their needs met and opportunities to help them reach their full potential. Governments are responsible for making these rights available to every child and making sure all children understand them.