What is homelessness?
There can be different reason for young people to think about leaving home.
Sometimes home is not a safe place for a person to live and this is why they leave. If home is not a safe place for you, you have the right to get help and support. Every young person has the right to live in a place that is safe.
If you’re thinking of leaving home it might be a good idea to think about all the reasons why you want to move out. You will also need to think about what you will need in order to do that safely.
It’s important to keep in mind that in Ireland the legal age to move out of home is 16
It’s important to keep in mind that in Ireland the legal age to move out of home is 16 if you have your parent(s)/guardian(s) consent. If your parent(s)/guardian(s) do not consent, the legal age is 18.
If you are under 18 and living in a home that is not safe for you, you have the right to get in touch with the HSE or Gardai. The HSE and Gardai are there to help keep you safe.
- The HSE Information Line number is 1850 24 1850 (From 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday)
- Gardai can be contacted by ringing your local station or 999/112 in emergencies