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What does this mean?
It’s your right to be safe and protected from harm.
No one should hurt you on purpose, or force you to do anything you’re not comfortable doing, like keeping secrets or anything that makes you feel unsafe.
If you’re worried about anything, you should talk to someone – a teacher, a parent or Childline (1800666666).
Example: There are laws in Ireland that protect children and say that children can’t be hurt or treated badly.
Learn more about this right
Do I have this right in Ireland?
- It’s your family’s job to care for you and keep you safe.
- If, for whatever reason, it isn’t safe for you to be with your parents, it’s the Government’s job to care for you and keep you safe.
- The Child and Family Agency (Tusla) and Gárdaí work together to make sure that children are safe and cared for in Ireland.
- If you don’t feel safe, or if you’re worried about anything, you can call or text Childline on 1800666666, or in dangerous situations, you should ring the Gárdaí on 999.
- You should also be safe online. Safer Internet Day is celebrated every year in February and it is a day to think about safety online.
Find out more
- Childline – Childline is a listening service for children
- ISPCC – The ISPCC runs a Shield Campaign against bullying
- Belong To – Find out about Belong To’s Stand Up campaign against homophobic and transphobic bullying
- Barnardos – Barnardos has information for young people about the right to be safe, including some services young people can contact.
- Tusla – The Child and Family Agency has information for the public, including young people, on how to report concerns that a child is in danger