Two young people and police

What rights do I have?

As a young person in Scotland you have certain rights and responsibilities and it is important that you know what these are. 

Know your rightsBy knowing the law, your rights, your responsibilities, and working together with the police, you can make a difference and make Scotland a better place to live.

The police have certain powers, which they use to investigate offences, keep the peace and keep us all safe - and they have a duty to carry all this out.

For more information on the powers of the police, how you can help the police and what your right are see the 'Know Your Rights' document in related documents below. 

Within the 'Know Your Rights' document you can also learn more about:

  • Young people and the police,
  • What you can legally do at what age,
  • Drugs and the law,
  • What the law says about New Psychoactive Substances (often mistakenly referred to as 'legal highs'),
  • Alcohol, cigarettes and young people,
  • Your personal safety, including information on sex, bullying, driving and online safety.

Want to know when you can get a job, leave home or get a driving licence? Learn about what you can legally do in Scotland and at what age on the Young Scot page on 'What Can You Do At What Age?'.