Can I be forced to go to another country
Can my parents force me to go to another country if I’m 17
Hi there and welcome to Ask Alex.
Thank you for reaching out with your question. It sounds like you have a lot going on at the moment if you’re wondering about your rights at 17 years old. The first thing to remember is that no one has the right to make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. It seems like you’re being pressured to travel to another country – is that correct?
If you ever feel unsafe or in danger, you can contact the Gardaí at 999 or 112, and they will ensure your safety.
There are various sources of information on the rights of young people in Ireland, such as Citizens Advice (www.citizensinformation.ie/
en/birth-family-relationships/ children-s-rights-and-policy/ children-and-rights-in- ireland/), SpunOut (spunout.ie/life/your-rights/ legal-ages-in-ireland), or The Children’s Rights Alliance (www.childrensrights.ie/sites/ default/files/Know-Your- Rights-2019.pdf).
Have you been able to talk to another trusted adult about your feelings? It can be helpful to confide in people we trust. Letting someone know why you’re feeling this way and what’s happening can provide support. They might also assist you in discussing your feelings with your parents.
You can always reach out to Childline if you want to discuss this further. Childline is available via freephone (1800 666666) and Live Chat (www.childline.ie/), 24 hours a day. We provide a free, non-judgmental listening service and would be happy to learn more about your situation.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
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