Children's rights and policy

Children and rights in Ireland
This document gives information on a child's rights in different areas, such as, education, employment, travel, recreation, health and relationships.

The Ombudsman for Children
The Ombudsman for Children promotes the rights and welfare of children in Ireland. The Office of the Ombudsman also investigates complaints regarding children's rights.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the basic human rights to which children are entitled.

National policy on children and young people
This document gives information on national policy on children and young people in Ireland and their participation in decision-making.

Youth homelessness
Causes of youth homelessness, also arrangements for young people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.
This document is in: Housing > Losing your home

Children and the criminal justice system
The Children Act 2001 regulates the treatment of children found in breach of the criminal law.
This document is in: Justice > Children and young offenders

Anti-social behaviour by children
The Criminal Justice Act 2006 introduced provisions for dealing with anti-social behaviour by children. These provisions allow the GardaĆ­ to deal with anti-social behaviour in a number of ways.
This document is in: Justice > Children and young offenders

Diversion activities and programmes for young offenders
There are diversion and other programmes which aim to help children understand the consequences of crime and keep them out of the criminal justice system
This document is in: Justice > Children and young offenders