Irish Penal Reform Trust

Children's Rights Behind Bars: Where are we now?

11th December 2014

Children's Rights Behind Bars

The practice of detaining children in St Patrick's Institution is expected to end, finally, in early 2015. As this dark chapter in Ireland's response to children in trouble with the law comes to a close, an IPRT seminar held on Thurs 11th December 2014 explored whether Ireland's children detention system is meeting its goal as model, particularly in the area of monitoring and complaints. A report on monitoring complaints mechanisms in places where children are detained was launched at the event.


Prof. Ursula Kilkelly, Dept. of Law and Director of Child Law Clinic, University College Cork, chaired the event. Fiona Ni Chinneide, Deputy Executive Director of IPRT, also spoke at the event.

Bar Council logoA mulled wine reception followed the event, kindly sponsored by The Bar Council.

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This seminar formed part of a European research project, Children's Rights Behind Bars, led by Defence of Children International, of which IPRT is the Irish partner. A national report on monitoring complaints mechanisms in Ireland was shared at the event, and can be accessed here.

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Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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