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Corporal punishment in Ireland

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Is corporal punishment allowed in Ireland

Answer

Hi and welcome to Ask Alex,
 
Thank you for reaching out and questioning things to find out more.
 
You have asked about corporal punishment and if it is allowed in Ireland. The quick answer is no, corporal punishment is not allowed in Ireland.
 
Children and young people under 18 years, are protected by the Children’s First Act 2015 and should not be subjected to any harm intended to cause physical pain by any person in their lives.
 
We hope that this has answered your question, but we would worry if you are asking because you have been a victim of corporal punishment. It is important that you have support and are guided by those you feel safe and comfortable with. Have you tried speaking to a trusted adult? This could be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, sports trainer, or someone you trust who can help support you.
 
There are many different websites and pages that can give you more information on your rights as a child or young person, like the Childline website. This article tells you your rights, www.childline.ie/your-rights/. The Ombudsman for Children’s website at www.oco.ie/childrens-rights/, also lets you know your rights. It is important to know that you do have rights and it’s important to know and understand them.
 
If you feel that you are not ready to speak to anyone you know right now, you can always reach out to our Childline team. We provide a 24-hour service all year round. You can freephone us on 1800 66 66 66 or chat with us through our webchat service by clicking on the purple Messenger circle at www.childline.ie.
 
We hope that some of the above information has been useful for you, and remember that you can ask us anything, and we will do our best to support you.
 
Look after yourself,
Alex

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