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What does it mean for adults to think about the best interests of children and young people?
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When adults who know a child or young person think about that person’s best interests, they should:

  • think about what’s best for them in their day to day lives,
  • make sure they are protected and cared for.

When adults in positions of power think about children and young people’s best interests, they should:

  • think about what’s best for children and young people in their day to day lives when making laws,
  • make sure children and young people are protected and cared for,
  • make sure that groups who protect and care for children and young people are good at what they do.

Article 3 of the UNCRC is about children and young people’s best interests.

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What are direct and indirect discrimination?
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Direct discrimination happens when a person is treated differently because of the way they are.

For example, it happens if someone doesn’t get a job because of their disability or isn’t treated equally because of their race.

Indirect discrimination happens when something applies to everyone in the same way but affects some people unfairly.

For example, if everyone had to climb up a flight of stairs to get to an after school club, this would discriminate against children who couldn’t do that because of disability.

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If you believe you may have been discriminated against the  Equality Advisory Support Service provides advice and assistance on equality and human rights legislation and how it may relate to you.

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What is a judicial review?
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A judicial review happens when judges examine if a public body has followed the law when it made a certain decision. If the judges find that it didn’t, they can make that public body take a different decision instead.

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What is physical intervention?
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Physical intervention happens when someone limits another person’s movement by force. Restraint and seclusion are both forms of physical intervention.

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What are restraint and seclusion?
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Restraint means holding a child or young person to stop them from moving.

Seclusion means shutting a child somewhere alone and not allowing them to leave.

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