Advice for young people

The Trading Standards Service is involved in a number of projects with young people from the age of 11-18 years old. We have a validate scheme where we issue proof of age cards to young people to help retailers and licensees.

We are also right behind consumer education and regularly speak to young people from schools regarding age restricted products and advice on purchasing their first cars.


Validate UK is a voluntary proof of age scheme for everyone, it aims to ensure that age restricted products are only sold to those legally entitled to buy them; it also helps those who may look younger than they are to prove their age.

All Validate UK cards are plastic, have scanned photos, scanned signatures, the applicant’s date of birth and age attainment boxes, making it easy for retailers and licensees to see immediately how old the holder is and shows the Government endorsed PASS mark.

Asking to see a Validate UK card will help traders to avoid breaking the law and shows that they are taking a responsible attitude towards under age sales.

At the moment cards are being issued in the Rhondda Cynon Taf Authority to all children in full time education , between the ages of 11 to 18, free of charge. Traders within the Authority are also being made aware of the scheme and that the Validate UK card is being carried by 11 to 18 year olds. To enquire about validate contact Trading Standards,Ty Elai, Dinas East Industrial Estate, Williamstown, Tonypandy CF40 1NY.

Trading Standards also works with others to deliver consumer education and raise awareness of consumer affairs. Talks and presentations about our work include:

  • The dangers of using credit unwisely for youngsters in years 10,11 and 12.
  • “World of Work” talks to youngsters explaining the role of Trading Standards.
  • Talks to the carers of elderly people on doorstep selling.
  • Toy Safety talks to young mums.
  • Scams awareness day
  • General Consumer Rights talks

Doorstep Crime and Empowering the Elderly

We plan to develop a series of talks raising awareness of doorstep crime and high-pressure doorstep selling techniques.