Making Rights Real: A Children's Rights Audit of Irish Law

Children’s Rights Alliance, in partnership with the Law Centre for Children and Young People, recently launched a unique publication Making Rights Real for Children: A Children’s Rights Audit of Irish Law.

The Children’s Rights Alliance and the Law Centre for Children and Young People have come together to develop this unique publication Making Rights Real for Children: A Children’s Rights Audit of Irish Law. 

The Law Audit comprises nine chapters, each authored by a different legal expert and peer reviewed by members of an Advisory Group. This project was initiated to capitalise on the achievements of the 2012 Children’s Referendum, which strengthened children’s rights in the Irish Constitution. 

The Audit identifies gaps in Irish law in the protection of children’s rights against the Constitution and  international human rights standards, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights. It makes recommendations to further strengthen children’s rights using existing jurisprudence and practice. It also highlights areas of particular importance to vulnerable children such as welfare and material deprivation, immigration and asylum law, as well as broader issues around children’s best interests, access to justice and the voice of the child.

Download here the report.