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The Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) is here to make sure that the government and other people who make decisions about young people really think about what is best for young people.

The things that the OCO can do are set out in a law called the Ombudsman for Children Act 2002. The main areas of work of the OCO are:

  • Independent complaints handling
  • Communication & Participation
  • Research & Policy

This means that the OCO can: