Children’s Rights

Childhood is a precious time; children must be protected and their rights promoted to ensure that they are consistently treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

The passing of the Children’s Referendum in November 2012 and its adoption in April 2015 was a societal statement that all children deserve to be better protected, respected and heard. While its impact is most likely to be felt on children who are in need of protection, those in care, abandoned children, and those whose families break up, it will also have a greater impact in society. It can’t and won’t fix all ills but it will have a positive impact in how children are treated in the courts, in the family, in the services they access and more generally in society as people come to see children as individuals. Barnardos continues to lobby the Government to ensure subsequent legislation flowing from the Constitutional change sufficiently protects and prioritises children's rights and needs. 


Yes to Equality - Marriage Equality Referendum, May 2015

Yes For Children - The Children's Referendum, November 2012

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