The Importance Of The Ombudsman For Children

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The Office of the Ombudsman for Children is one the most important institutions for the promotion and the protection of the rights of Irish Children. The Ombudsman for children is an independent body that was set up in 2004 under the ombudsman for children act 2002, according to this act the ombudsman for children has two main roles that are vital for the protection of the rights of children and young people. These roles are looking into complaints made by or for a child or young person about the actions taken by a public organisation and the other role is the ombudsman has is to promote and protect the rights of any child or young person under the age of 18 that is living in Ireland. The Ombudsman is appointed by the president but only after…show more content…
The ombudsman also carries out a lot of research regarding issues that are important in children and young people’s lives in order to promote and protect their rights. One of the main reasons that the office of the ombudsman for children is so important is that it gives children a means of making complaints about public organisations and bodies which are impeding on their rights as children, this is a free, independent and impartial service which all children in Ireland have access too. According to Citizens information (2013) ‘The Ombudsman for Children can investigate complaints about public bodies providing services or making decisions about children and families, or organisations providing services on behalf of the State.’ From this statement we can see that…show more content…
The mother refused a house offered by the local authority because of medical advice that the accommodation would not meet her son’s specific and changing needs. The Council argued that the house was developed for her son in consultation with his doctors. Following an involved and comprehensive investigation, The Office of the Ombudsman for Children found that there was no evidence that the house had been adapted for the boy’s specific needs and, therefore, did not constitute a reasonable offer.’’ From this case study we can clearly see just how important the work done by the Ombudsman for children really is and how it can help change the lives of so many children in need around Ireland. Without the complaint service the Ombudsman offers a lot of families, children and young people would struggle to voice their opinions about what it is they need and would not be able to change some of the situations they are
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