The Ombudsman for Children (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 OCO can:
- Support people, including children and young people, to find out more about children’s and young people’s rights
- Find out what’s important to young people and let the Government and others know what matters to young people themselves
- Carry out research to get a better understanding about things that are really important in children’s and young people’s lives
- Give advice to the Government and others about doing what’s best for children and young people
- Receive and, where possible, look into complaints made by young people or by adults on young people’s behalf.