Your Rights in Care
What are my Rights if I am taken into Care?
You have a number of rights if taken into care. The Child and Family Agency (Tusla) has a duty to make sure that all decisions about your care are made in your best interests. You have the right to have your views heard when decisions are being made about you being in care.
For more, see Your Care Questions
Know your Rights!
All children and adults have rights. These are known as Human Rights. As children you have your own set of rights called The United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (the CRC). Children and young people have a special set of rights because being young sometimes makes you more vulnerable and in special need of care and protection.
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Summary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The United nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) outlines the rights that children across the world have and sets out what governments must do to ensure that children everywhere have a good life.
There are 4 main rights that are important to children in care:
Article 6: Survival and Development
You have the right to life.
Article 2: Non-Discrimination
You have the right to protection against discrimination. This means that nobody can treat you badly because of your colour, sex, religion, if you speak another language, have a disability or are rich or poor.
Article 3: Best Interests
All adults should always do what is best for you
Article 12: Voice of the Child
You have a right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously.