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
Holy Faith SS Clontarf to visit the OCO
Event date: 12/03/2014
Young people from 2nd year in Holy Faith SS Clontarf are visiting the OCO to take part in a workshop relating to children's rights and responsibilities.
Creagh National School, Ballinasloe visit the OCO
Event date: 13/03/2014
Children from 5th class in Creagh NS Ballinasloe 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?
The Child and Family Agency ('Tusla') and An Garda Síochána are the organisations that have responsibility for child protection and welfare.
If you have concerns about a child's safety, you should contact the Child and Family Agency local social work duty service in the area where the child lives. Contact details for local social work services can be found on the Agency's website at http://www.tusla.ie/services/child-protection-welfare/concerns. These services can be contacted during normal office hours, i.e. between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, you should contact your local Garda station if you have concerns about a child's safety.
If information is brought to the attention of the Ombudsman for Children's Office, which indicates that there are concerns regarding the safety and welfare of a child, then we are obliged to pass this information on to the Child and Family Agency and/or An Garda Síochána.
New Child and Family Agency must aim to assume role of parent for children in their care – Children’s Ombudsman
Read press release here
A meta-analysis of repetitive root cause issues regarding the provision of services for children in care
Download analysis here (PDF 665kb)
Her Honour, Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court & the Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan launch Information Campaign for Separating Parents & their Children
Read press release here
A statement based on an investigation into provision by the Department of Education and Skills and the HSE for a child in care
Download here (PDF, 184KB)
Education materials on children's rights and responsibilities