A general guide on how you are protected from discrimination under the Equality Act and what your rights are.
To find advocacy services and groups in your area, you could call Mind's Legal Line or contact your local Mind.
If you're in hospital, you can also contact:
In some circumstances, you may be legally entitled to get the support of an advocate. See our page on your legal rights to advocacy for more information.
Can tell you if you're eligible for legal aid, and give you free and confidential legal advice if so.
Provides free legal information, advice and representation for children, young people, their families, carers and professionals.
Information and support for people living with a disability.
Hears claims from people who may have been treated unfairly by an employer or potential employer.
Promotes and monitors human rights and equality.
Provides information, advice and support for families of children with specialist educational needs and disabilities.
Information about Law Centres, which defend the legal rights of people who can't afford a lawyer. Includes a searchable directory.
Professional association for solicitors in England and Wales. Includes a searchable directory of solicitors.
Connects volunteer lawyers with people who aren’t eligible for legal aid and can’t afford to pay for legal advice. Includes details of free legal advice clinics.
Supports the development of policies to remove inequality between disabled and non-disabled people.
This information was published in August 2019. We will revise it in 2021.
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