In addition to investigating complaints regarding the actions of public bodies, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office is mandated to promote the rights and welfare of all children in Ireland. The legislation underpinning our work – the Ombudsman for Children Act 2002 – sets out the different ways in which we can achieve that. The OCO can:
- Advise the Government and the Oireachtas on legislation affecting children;
- Advise Government on the development and coordination of policy relating to children and young people;
- Encourage public bodies to develop policies and procedures that promote the rights and welfare of children;
- Commission research on children and their rights; and
- Highlight issues of concern to children and young people themselves.