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Alcohol Forum-Children’s Rights And Alcohol Seminars

October 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - October 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Alcohol seminar

The Alcohol Forum has organised two seminars; “Realising Rights and Responsibilities: Children’s Rights and Alcohol” in Leitrim and Sligo.

They will provide some practical examples of evidence-based interventions which promote and protect the rights of children and their families.

Seminars also include analysis from a rights-based perspective.

Health and wellbeing are a fundamental right of every human being.

Protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people are central to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and a vital focus of the work of the UN Development Programme, the WHO and UNICEF.

Seminar themes

  • Consequences for childhood from adults’ substance use (parental alcohol misuse and adverse childhood experiences, child and infant mental health)
  • The consequences from children’s substance use (early initiation, public health, brain health, addiction and mental health in adulthood etc.)
  • And, the consequences from prenatal alcohol consumption and families impacted by FASD

Children’s Rights

Given the enormous impact on the lives of young people, alcohol misuse needs greater recognition as a significant children’s rights issue.

According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the right to survive, to be protected from harm and exploitation, to develop fully and to participate in decisions affecting their well-being.

In addition, they deserve respect, information, support and prevention services, and an opportunity to help determine how to attain a healthy future.


Unquestionably, many of these rights are routinely undermined by problems related to alcohol misuse.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child describes four clusters of rights, all of which are negatively affected by the use of intoxicating substances within families, society and among children: survival, to development, to protection, and the right to participate in life’s choices.

Looking at the UN’s children’s rights framework through the lens of alcohol and drug use provides a good starting point for enhanced efforts to protect children.

Places are still available for both events in Sligo on Thursday 3rd October & Carrick-On-Shannon Friday 11th October, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Email sligoleitrim@alcoholforum.org to book your place.


October 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am
October 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
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