Know Your Rights

Do you want information on what rights and entitlements children have in Ireland? Do you need information on where to go when those rights and entitlements are not respected?
The Children’s Rights Alliance, working with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, has produced a guide on children’s rights and entitlements in plain language.

The full report can be read here:

You can also get information on your rights across a range of topics that are relevant to children and young people in Ireland:

Reporting a child protection and welfare concern

If you have a child protection or welfare concern, please contact Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) directly. They have information for organisations/individuals working with children and for parents/guardians.

If a child is in danger outside office hours you can contact the Gardaí.

Getting help for a child that has been treated unfairly or where their rights have not been respected

The Ombudsman for Children investigates complaints made by children, young people or by adults acting on their behalf against a range of organisations and services funded by government. Please call 1800 20 20 40 or email:

You can also contact the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to get advice or potentially legal assistance if your rights have not been respected. Please call 1890 245 545 or email:  

Our Know Your Rights information campaign has been supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the National Lottery Funds, GLEN, PILA, Pól Ó Murchú, St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Muriel Walls.