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Children’s rights

All children under the age of 18 have rights. Rights are a list of promises to children and young people to keep them safe and to help them reach their potential. They are used to make sure that children and young people are treated fairly and are looked after properly.

What rights do children have?

Children have many different rights. For example:

  1. A child’s best interests must always come first.
  2. A child has the right to life, survival and development.
  3. A child’s view must be taken into consideration in all matters affecting them.

See all children’s rights


Workshops and seminars

We deliver workshops on children’s rights to children and young people, and we give seminars for 3rd level students.

Education materials

Access resources for educators and professionals; lesson plans, posters on children’s rights and our website for young people.

Policy and research

We give advice to the Government and others about individual laws, policies and decisions that affect children.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

The UNCRC is a list of rights that every child and young person under the age of 18 has. The OCO is guided by the UNCRC.

Celebrating 25 years of the UNCRC

Get involved in our programme of events ‘Children Now. Rights Now’ as we celebrate 25 years since Ireland ratified the UNCRC.

Have your say!

Take part in our monthly survey and tell us what you think about different issues affecting young people!