A Child’s Right to Privacy

Published date: 
3 Mar 2010


Jillian van Turnhout, Chief Executive

“The Children’s Rights Alliance would like to stress the importance of respecting a child’s right to privacy, the right to a good name and protection of their identity.  These rights are protected under the Irish Constitution and in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Ireland has ratified.  We are raising this today in light of recent reports in some media outlets which we believe breached these rights.  

“In recent weeks, some media coverage arising from a trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin caused deep upset to the witness in that trial and to his family members, some of whom are still minors.  Today we face a different and difficult challenge.  A very important report on the death of a young person, with a care background, was made public.  We ask that the media refrain from discussing sensitive personal details of the individual’s life that could identify other children and thus breach their rights.

“We must also be mindful that any death of a child in care is a tragedy, which touches the lives of the child’s family, friends, care staff and all those who worked with the child.  Without responsible reporting we will see an erosion of children’s rights with little time taken to stop and think about the negative impact on their lives and those of their families and friends.

“We thank the media in advance for their cooperation on this important matter.”

Jillian van Turnhout, Chief Executive

Children's Rights Alliance