Welcome to the Ombudsman for Children's Office
Emily Logan is Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children. She was appointed by the Head of State, President Mary McAleese following an open competition. She is independent of Government and reports directly to the Oireachtas (Parliament)
Complaints & Investigations
The OCO is a quasi-judicial body with a mandate to accept and investigate complaints about how the State is providing services or making decisions about children. The Office has dealt with over 8,500 complaints from the public to date.
Policy and Legislation
The Ombudsman for Children Act, 2002 allows the Ombudsman for Children, on her own initiative or at the request of a Minister, to advise Government Ministers on the probable impact of legislation on children.
What's going on at the OCO
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG, Cork visit the OCO
Event date: 05/12/2013
Young people from Transition Year in Gaelcholaiste Mhuire are visiting the OCO to take part in a workshop relating to children's rights and responsibilities.
Dominican College, Taylors Hill, Galway visit the OCO
Event date: 11/12/2013
Young people from Transition Year in Dominican College are visiting the OCO to take part in a workshop relating to children's rights and responsibilities.
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Concerned about a child?
If you have concerns about a child's safety you should contact the HSE and An Garda Síochána as they are the organisations that have responsibility for child protection and welfare. You can contact the HSE Information Line on 1850 24 1850 to find out who you should speak to and/or contact your local Garda Station.
If information is brought to the attention of the Office that indicates that there are concerns regarding the safety and welfare of a child, then we are obliged to pass this information on to the HSE and/or An Garda Síochána.
Development of National Policy on Child-friendly Healthcare & inter-sectoral alliances all key to Children’s Rights in Health
Read press release here
Download OCO's research here (PDF, 1.5MB)
Statement by the Ombudsman for Children on agreement reached with Minister for Justice to investigate cases of children taken into State Care
Read statement here
Ombudsman for Children will undertake investigation into children taken into State Care
Read statement here
Advice of the Ombudsman for Children on the General Scheme of the Gender Recognition Bill 2013
Download here (PDF, 285KB)
Education materials on children's rights and responsibilities