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We represent the voices of children and young people from all over Ireland and their concerns. There are 1,148,687 children in Ireland that make up over 25% of the population. The number of children in Ireland increased by over 13% between 2002 and 2011 and Ireland now has the highest proportion of children in the European Union. This report represents the view of children of all ages living in Ireland. . . .

Newsletter Winter/Spring 2015

Report Card 2015; Launch of Know Your Rights; Welcoming Dr. Geoffrey Shannon our Founding Patron; Catherine McGuinness Fellowship; The Children and Family Relationship Act; The Road to Geneva: Ireland before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; Optional protocol to the UNCRC: a complaints procedure.

Welcome to the Children’s Rights Alliance Annual Review. In 2014, we continued to unite voices for children and are especially proud of our impacts.

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The Alliance welcomes the publication of the General Scheme of the International Protection Bill 2015 and the opportunity to be consulted on the Scheme by the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence.

Know Your Rights: Children Law and Gardai

As a victim of crime, you have the right to report that crime to the Gardaí (police).

Know Your Rights: Rights in the Family

You have a right to live with your family if this is in your best interests. Read more  . . .

Know Your Rights: Rights as a Migrant or Refugee

If you or your parents have come to Ireland from another country, you will be known as migrants. Migrant children or children of migrants have different rights and entitlements depending on their own or their parent’s citizenship or immigration status.

Know Your Rights: Right to Protection from Harm

No matter what age you are, you have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse and exploitation. The State has a legal duty to look after your welfare.

Know Your Rights: Right to Health

Anybody in Ireland with a medical emergency has the right to attend their local hospital accident and emergency department. There may be a cost for this unless you have been referred by your family doctor (GP) or you hold a medical card. Some health services are free.

Know Your Rights: Right to Equality

As a child or young person, you have a right to equal treatment. Depending on your age and some legal restrictions, you also have the right to take part in the life of your community, in employment, and to make independent choices about matters that concern you.