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All Different, All Equal

  • IHREC The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) protects and promotes human rights and equality in Ireland. You can find out more about what ‘equality’ means here.
  • Belong ToBeLong To works with and supports LGBT young people in Ireland
  • Pavee Point – Learn more about Irish Travellers and Roma from Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre
  • The Y Factor- The Y Factor project is a youth initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, which supports and empowers young people to be leaders for women’s equality.
  • The Red Card – Show Racism the Red Card works to combat racism through sport
  • UNICEF – Find out from Unicef how children with disabilities can face discrimination in different parts of the world
  • Young Voices- How can young people be included more in society? Find out what young people have to say

Doing what’s best for children

  • Barnardos – Barnardos has information about the role of a Guardian ad Litem to advise on the best interests of the child in care and family law cases
  • EPICEPIC has information about the rights of children in care, including children’s right to have all decisions about their care made in their best interests

Having a say

  • Dail na nÓg – Dail na nÓg is the national youth parliament of Ireland. There are also 34 Comhairle na nÓg around the country, you can find out more here.
  • Future Voices- Future Voices works to empower young people in ways that give a voice to the voiceless
  • ISSU – The Irish Second-Level Students Union (ISSU) is the national umbrella body for school Student Councils
  • GAA – Find out what the GAA is doing to hear the opinions of young people.
  • Picture Your Rights – In 2015, children and young people worked with the Children’s Rights Alliance and Unicef to make a report for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about important issues for children in Ireland.
  • Life as a Young Person in Ireland – In 2011, over 65,000 children and young people shared their views about living in Ireland with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Food

  • European Food Information Council – Get some tips on staying healthy from the European Food Information Council
  • Safefood – Take a look at the food pyramid and find out more about healthy eating from Safe Food.
  • Healthy Food for All – Find out about what food poverty is from Healthy Food for All
  • Foodcloud – How much food is wasted globally every year? Find out more about food waste from Food Cloud

A Home

Clean Water

  • Green Schools – Water is one of the key themes in the Green Schools programme.
  • Eco-Unesco – ECO UNESCO works with young people to create a better understanding of the environment. Find out more about how you can get involved.
  • Wateraid – Learn more about why having clean water is so important from the stories of people that WaterAid has worked with

Practising your Culture, Language and Religion

  • The Yellow Flag Programme – The Yellow Flag Programme promotes inclusion and celebrates diversity in primary and secondary schools
  • Pavee Point- Learn more about Irish Travellers and Roma from Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre.
  • Foras na Gaeilge – Foras na Gaeilge is responsible for promoting the Irish language throughout the island of Ireland.
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge – Find out more about Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week), an annual international Irish language festival.
  • The Ark – The Ark is a cultural centre for children aged between 2 and 12 years old.
  • Music Generation – Into music? Take a look at what Music Generation does around the country.
  • Baboró – Baboró is an international arts festival for children, based in Galway.
  • National Association of Youth Drama – There are youth theatres all over the country. Find out more from the National Association of Youth Drama
  • Fighting Words – Learn about the Fighting Words creative writing centre. And read some children’s stories too!
  • Culture Night – Culture night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts in Ireland.

Family and Care

  • EPIC – Find out how EPIC works with and for young people in care in Ireland
  • Pathways- ‘Pathways’ is an aftercare guide for young people who are preparing to leave care, by young people who have left care
  • Barnardos – Information for young people whose parents are separating or divorced.
  • Teenbetween – Information for young people whose parents are separating or divorced.

Privacy

  • Cartoons for Children’s Rights – A short cartoon about children’s right to privacy, made for Unicef’s Cartoons for Children’s Rights initiative
  • Data Protection Commissioner- Find out about the work of the Data Protection Commissioner to build awareness of privacy and data protection issues among young people

Healthcare

  • Children in Hospital Ireland – Find out more about what hospital can be like from Children in Hospital Ireland
  • Stepping up- Stepping Up provides information for young people with long-term illnesses on moving to adult healthcare services
  • Headstrong – Headstrong works in the area of young people’s mental health. Find out more about Headstrong’s activities and services.
  • Barnardos- Information for young people on taking care of your well-being is available from Barnardos
  • Safe Food- Take a look at the food pyramid and find out more about healthy eating from Safe Food.
  • Active School Flag – Find out more about the Active School Flag project

Education

  • Cartoons for Children’s Rights – A short cartoon about children’s right to education, made for Unicef’s Cartoons for Children’s Rights initiative
  • Know your rights- Find out more about your rights in education in Ireland from the ICCL and the Children’s Rights Alliance
  • Malala Yousafazai – Malala Yousafazai was 17 years old when she became the youngest ever person to win a Nobel Peace Prize in October 2014. She has since become a global advocate for the right to education. Listen to her Nobel prize speech

Play and Rest

  • Kids Health – Find out more about why sleep matters
  • Youth Work Ireland – Find out about your local youth club’s activities and services
  • Foróige – Find out about your local youth club’s activities and services
  • Scouts – Interested in joining the scouts?
  • Irish Girl Guides – Interested in joining the girl guides?
  • Irish Wheelchair Association – Find out about the Irish Wheelchair Association’s activities and services for young people
  • Community Games – Look into the different activities and events organised by the Community Games.

Protection from work that harms you

  • Citizens Information – Information on the rights and entitlements that young people have in employment are available from Citizens Information
  • Cartoons for Children’s Rights- A short cartoon about children’s right to be protected from harmful work, made for Unicef’s Cartoons for Children’s Rights initiative
  • ILO – Get information about the issue of child labour around the world from the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Being Safe

  • 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
  • Spunout.ie – The Online Safety Hub has information for young people on how to stay safe online
  • 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
  • The Courts Service – The Courts Service has information about how the courts work in Ireland and visiting a court with your class
  • Know Your Rights – Find out more about children’s rights and the gardaí in Know Your Rights, a guide by the ICCL and the Children’s Rights Alliance
  • Children of Prisoners Europe – Listen to children with imprisoned parents speak about their experiences in a short video by Children of Prisoners Europe

Protection from war

  • Peace Direct – Take a look at what young people in different parts of the world are doing to build peace
  • Peace Doves- Play the Peace Doves game
  • Cartoons for Children’s Rights – A short cartoon about children’s right to protection in times of war, made for Unicef’s Cartoons for Children’s Rights initiative
  • Children, Not Soldiers – Find out about Unicef’s Children, Not Soldiers initiative to stop the use of children as soldiers in armed conflict

Expressing Yourself

Getting Information

  • Youth Information Centre – There are youth information centres around the country. To see where your nearest one is, check out here and here.
  • Spunout- The Online Safety Hub has information for young people on how to stay safe online
  • Watch Your Space – Take a look at Watch Your Space to see what young people are doing to tackle cyber-bullying.
  • Safer Internet Day – Find out about Safer Internet Day.

Knowing your rights and responsibilities

  • Visiting the OCO – Find out how you can visit the Ombudsman for Children’s Office with your class to take part in a workshop about children’s rights
  • Express Yourself – Express Yourself! is a project by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission that encourages young people to get involved in promoting human rights and equality in Ireland.
  • Young Social Innovators – Children’s rights are among the issues that young people have worked on through Young Social Innovators.

A Name

  • Cartoons for Children’s Rights – Watch two short cartoons about the right to a name and a nationality, made for Unicef’s Cartoons for Children’s Rights initiative – here and here
  • Humanium – Find out more about children’s right to an identity, which includes a right to a name and nationality

A Nationality

  • Humanium – Find out more about children’s right to an identity, which includes a right to a name and nationality
  • UN Refugee Agency - Find what being ‘stateless’ means from the UN Refugee Agency
  • Migrants Rights Council Ireland – What does it feel like to be stateless? Young people living in Ireland share their experiences in Young Paperless and Powerful

Being Treated Fairly by the Law

  • The Courts Service – The Courts Service has information about how the courts work in Ireland and visiting a court with your class
  • Know Your Rights – Find out more about children’s rights and the gardaí in Know Your Rights, a guide by the ICCL and the Children’s Rights Alliance
  • Children of Prisoners Europe – Listen to children with imprisoned parents speak about their experiences in a short video by Children of Prisoners Europe