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What does this mean?

It’s your right to have a name and an identity.

The Government should know who you are and have a record of your birth.

EXAMPLE: If you didn’t have your birth certificate or PPS number, you wouldn’t be able to register with a local doctor or go to school.

Learn more about this right

  • UNCRC, article 7: It’s your right to have a name, and this should be officially recognised by the Government. You have the right to a nationality (to belong to a country).
  • UNCRC, article 8: It’s your right to have an identity – an official record of who you are. No one should take this away from you.
  • Under the Gender Recognition Act 2015, if you are 16 or 17, it’s your right to change your gender and your name with your parent’s consent through the courts. -Under the Child Care Act 1991 and the Children Act 2001, it’s your right that your name doesn’t appear in any media if your parents are in court regarding your custody arrangements, or if you are before the courts for criminal reasons. This protects your identity as a child.
  • Under the Civil Registration Act 2004, it’s your right that your name and identity be registered by your parents with the State within 3 months of your birth.