NET POL -Know Your Rights

Core Messages

The core messages that everyone should remember are:

No Comment

  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.

No Personal Details

  • You do not have to give them under ANY stop and search power, so don’t.

No Duty Solicitor

No Cautions

  • Accepting a caution are an admission of guilt, so don’t.

What Power?

  • Ask officers what power they are relying on to challenge them to act lawfully.

NETPOL - Finding a Solicitor

Criminal Solicitors

Defend you if arrested / charged by the police:
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Civil Solicitors

Make a complaint about or sue the police:
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Prison Solicitors

Provide support for prisoners:
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Public Solicitors

Challenge the lawfulness of legislation or policies:
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Discrimination law is complex, we would advise you to make sure you seek sound advice at an early stage before considering bringing an employment tribunal claim.

If you are in a union, speak to your representative for advice. If you are not a union member you might want to think about talking to a solicitor, there may be a charge.

Your local Citizens Advice or Law Centre, or Acas (tel: 0300 123 1100 is worth a call

For more information on Acas early conciliation and bringing a tribunal claim see the section on Acas's website Enforcing your Rights

The TUC has released a short guide with pointers on where you can go for further support if you experience racism where you work: Combatting racist abuse in the workplace: a TUC guide to protecting migrant and Black and Minority Ethnic workers from violence, harassment and abuse


Just for Kids campaign for reform and stand up for the rights of excluded children

Quote: "Every child has a right to an education which allows them to pursue their dreams and fulfil their potential. In recent years, though, there has been a rise in the number of children being permanently excluded from school. These children often end up struggling to access the education they need to progress in their lives, and many end up stuck in Pupil Referral Units. These lack the educational standards of mainstream schools, and children there often fall prey to criminal exploitation and get funnelled into a life of crime.

In 2012 the statutory guidance on school exclusions was amended to remove the right of independent panels to reinstate a child in education - even if the panel finds the exclusion to be unlawful, unreasonable or unfair. Since this change there has been a rise in the number of exclusions, which has been linked to increases in violent crime involving young people. In May 2019, the government published a long-awaited review of school exclusions by the former children's minister Edward Timpson, which found that exclusions disproportionately affect children from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and those with special educational needs and disabilities.

As well as providing support and representation to children in the exclusion process, we engage with policymakers to push for changes in the law to ensure that schools are held to account and reinstate children in education when an exclusion is found to be unfair. Our campaigning work includes chairing a sub-group of the Challenging School Exclusions Working Party convened by Justice looking at reform to the Independent Review Panel process. We are also working to improve capacity among lawyers and other professionals assisting children and their families with challenges to unfair exclusions through our School Exclusions Hub.

We (Just for Kids) have also recently embarked on a participation project working with young people with experience of school exclusions to empower them to campaign for change."

New legal clinics to help families challenge unfair school exclusions

Award-winning children’s charity Just for Kids Law has teamed up with leading law firm Fieldfisher to offer free legal assistance to families challenging unfair school exclusions in Birmingham and Manchester. The new legal clinics represent the first time the London-based charity has expanded its unique child-centred legal services for children excluded from school beyond the capital.

  • Just for Kids Law is a UK charity that works with and for children and young people to hold those with power to account and fight for wider reform by providing legal representation and advice, direct advocacy and support, and campaigning to ensure children and young people in the UK have their legal rights and entitlements respected and promoted and their voices heard and valued.

  • Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. Fieldfisher is an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy & natural resources, technology, finance & financial services, life sciences and media. The firm’s network has more than 1,550 people working across 25 offices, with UK sites in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Belfast.

  • Fieldfisher’s lawyers are passionate about using their expertise and skills to help people in need, improve access to justice, build capacity for civil society organisations and serve the greater interests of the community. Involvement in community projects is open to everyone in the firm, whether providing free legal advice to members of the public and community organisations, mentoring children in local schools, or helping young social enterprises grow.
  • Referrals to the legal clinics can be made by filling in the online referral form at

  • Statistics on exclusions in the West Midlands Conurbation and Greater Manchester are based on data published for the Department for Education: Figures were calculated by adding figures for the 8 local authorities in the West Midlands Conurbation and the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester respectively.

The Black Childs Agenda


Schools can discipline pupils if they break the rules. The school behaviour policy should set out how they will do this. For ongoing challenging behaviour, or more serious ‘one-off’ offences, pupils may get a fixed period (temporary) exclusion, or a permanent exclusion. Read More


There are also a number of organisations who can help with this, including: