Legal Rights Protect Children

Last year, Plan International Ireland gave legal protection to 176,991 children securing their futures.


We are committed to enabling children to achieve their full potential and ensure their overall well-being, which can only be achieved in a protective and conducive environment.

Lack of legal protection for children is is a global problem. Without a protective environment, children have no shield from harm, abuse or exploitation.

Worldwide each year, it is estimated:

166 million children’s birth are not registered

1 billion children have experienced abuse in the past 12 months

120 million girls and 73 million boys experience sexual violence

1.2 million children are victims of trafficking every year


All children and young people realise their right to protection from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.

Plan International Ireland works to ensure that all children are safe and protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. We do this through services designed to prevent exploitation of children such as providing birth certificates and ensuring legal protection for children.

We campaign for and promote adequate strong support within families and communities. We also raise public awareness in Ireland and our programme countries of  the right of all children to protection and access the skills and knowledge that will help them to protect themselves.


Invested in Child Protection


Staff trained in best practice


Learned Skills and Awareness

Strengthening child protection

Plan International Ireland, with funding from the European Union, is working in Senegal to promote changes in social norms and behaviour to advance children’s rights.


Count Every Child is our universal birth registration initiative to make every girl and boy visible in the eyes of the law while providing them with a first form of legal identity.