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Having a say

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What does this mean?

It’s your right to express your views and for your views to be taken into account when decisions are being made that affect you.

This right doesn’t mean adults need to always do what you say, but it does mean they should ask and consider your views as it is important.

EXAMPLE: The Irish constitution now says that judges need to listen to the voice of the child in certain cases, like when parents are getting a divorce.

Learn more about this right

  • UNCRC, article 12 – it’s your right to have a say in matters that affect you and for adults to take it seriously.
  • Under Article 42A in the Irish Constitution, it’s your right that courts need to hear and take account of a your views in family law and care cases.
  • Under different articles in the Irish Constitution, it’s your right, if you’re an Irish citizen, to vote in elections when you are 18 years old
  • Under the Education Act 1998, it’s your right to form a Student Ccouncil in secondary school and to receive support from your school in doing so.
  • Under the Child Care Act 1991 and the Children’s First Act 2015, it’s your right that your wishes are taken into account when decisions are made about your care.