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UN Convention

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.

What is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

The UNCRC is an international agreement that lists the rights that all children and young people under the age of 18 have. Almost all countries in the world, including Ireland, have signed the UNCRC, and have made a promise that these rights will be real for children and young people.


Find out what rights are listed under the UNCRC

Ireland and the UNCRC

Ireland signed up the UNCRC in 1992 and in doing so, recognised that children under the age of 18 are ‘rights-holders’ and that their rights should be protected, respected and made real.

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.