Moving up a year at school, starting college or leaving education to start work—autumn is a time of new beginnings for the young.

For most, these are exciting times, studded with new challenges and opportunities.

But young people can experience legal problems just as serious as those of adults. When you're young, understanding your rights and figuring out where you stand if something goes wrong can be especially confusing. Knowing what to do next is often the hardest thing of all. 

Whether you are starting work, thinking about leaving home or need to know your legal rights in the world of education, there's plenty of help and information out there to make a difference.

Our advice: Understand what your legal rights are, and work out when you might need to get some legal help.

To get you started, we've set out some facts and listed sources of information we think you'll find useful. Take a look at I am a young person with a legal problem.

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