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What is the Ombudsman for Children's Office?

  • We are a human rights institution and work to protect the rights of children and young people in Ireland.
  • We investigate complaints about services provided to children by public organisations.
  • We want children and young people to be actively heard and respected so they experience safe, fulfilling and happy everyday lives.

In line with government guidelines, we have adapted our work practices and so will not have as many staff present in the Office at this time.

We’d like to reassure you that we are still taking complaints and working to promote the rights of children. However, given the serious nature of the problems facing the country we expect there will be a delay in the processing of complaints and getting responses from public bodies about particular queries.

Due to restrictions arising from Covid-19 we are also unfortunately unable to accept walk-in complaints to the Office from members of the public at this time.

If you are concerned about the safety of child, please contact Tusla, the Child and Family Agency at www.tusla.ie or An Garda Síochana www.garda.ie.

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

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