Committee on the Rights of the Child: Ireland

Session 071 (2016)

(29 January 2016, CRC/C/IRL/CO/3-4 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on third/fourth report, para. 4)

“The Committee notes with appreciation the adoption of the following legislative measures: ...

b) the Children First Act 2015: to improve child protection measures....”

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Session 043 (2006)

(29 September 2006, CRC/C/IRL/CO/2, Concluding observations on second report, paras 39 and 40)

"While noting that the prohibition of corporal punishment within the family is under review and that parental educational programmes have been developed, the Committee is deeply concerned that corporal punishment within the family is still not prohibited by law.

"The Committee reiterates its previous recommendation (CRC/C/15/Add.85 para. 39) and urges the State party to:

a) explicitly prohibit all forms of corporal punishment in the family;

b) sensitize and educate parents and the general public about the unacceptability of corporal punishment;

c) promote positive, non-violent forms of discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment; and

d) take into account the Committee’s general comment No. 8 (2006) on the right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment."

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Session 017 (1998)

(4 February 1998, CRC/C/15/Add.85, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 16 and 39)

"The Committee is concerned about the lack of prohibition in legislation of corporal punishment within the family. In the view of the Committee, this contravenes the principles and provisions of the Convention. The Committee is also concerned about the existence of child abuse and violence within the family and the lack of mandatory reporting mechanisms for cases of child abuse.

"The Committee suggests that the State party take all appropriate measures, including of a legislative nature, to prohibit and eliminate the use of corporal punishment within the family. The Committee also suggests that awareness-raising campaigns be conducted to ensure that alternative forms of discipline are administered in a manner consistent with the child’s human dignity and in conformity with the Convention…."

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