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.

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.


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