The position of Commissioner for Children is set up under the CHILDREN, YOUNG PERSONS, AND THEIR FAMILIES ACT 1989. The position is one with broad-ranging powers and responsibilities with regards to the welfare and interests of children and young people, including investigating matters referred to the Commissioner by members of the public.
Generally the Commissioner's office has the power to investigate and report on any matter affecting the welfare of children. Accordingly the Commissioner may become involved when you have a complaint about an agency exercising powers under the Act and you have not had a satisfactory response from the agency.
This may involve actions or decisions involving:
The Commissioner's office has any power that is reasonably necessary to carry out its role. This may include having access to records and conducting interviews with people concerned in the matter.
The investigation is private. It is also privileged, meaning that the Commissioner cannot be required to give evidence in any court or other judicial proceedings about anything that has come to the Commissioner's knowledge in exercising the office's statutory functions.
To contact the office of the Commissioner for Children write to:
Alternatively you can contact them by:
Other functions of the Commissioner for Children
In addition to carrying out investigations where appropriate, the Commissioner also has monitoring and informative functions. Specifically, this includes: