This section covers some of the most fundamental rights for children and young people in Northern Ireland; rights to life, to protection from harm and violence, and special protection for some of the most vulnerable children, such as migrant, asylum seeking and refugee children. It is essential that children’s rights and best interests are fully realised in these areas.
To do this properly, Government and the organisations they run must support groups of children and young people who are likely to face barriers to enjoying their right to protection. Examples include; children living in homes affected by domestic abuse, drug or alcohol misuse, mental illness, children in care and children who are missing from home, school or care. During the Covid-19 pandemic it is crucial that vulnerable children are protected and that they can continue to get the support they are entitled to.