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Austin Currie launches Ombudsman for Childrenâ?Ts 2010 Annual report.


Ombudsman for Childrenâ?Ts Office

Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

1,223 complaints dealt with in 2010. In-depth advice given on significant pieces of legislation. Voices of children in St Patrickâ?Ts prison harnessed to bring about change. The Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, said: â?oMy 2010 annual report illustrates the need for public sector reform in relation to how the State supports children and families. Areas that I believe are of serious concern are the excessively bureaucratic approach to decision making by public administration, and the failure to ensure the implementation of national laws and policy such as the Child Care Act, 1991 and Children First â?" National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children. The report, which concludes the first six-year period of the Ombudsman for Childrenâ?Ts Office, outlines the important role the Office has played since its establishment in 2004 promoting and monitoring childrenâ?Ts rights, providing quality control of public services to children and offering an independent, impartial and free redress mechanism for children and families who are unhappy about how they have been treated. 1,223 complaints were dealt with by the Office in 2010. Education accounted for 38% of complaints, 37% were health related, 8% were Justice related and 5% were Housing related. Parents remain the best advocates for their children with 75% of complaints coming from family members, 10% from professionals and 4% from young people themselves.



Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Ombudsman for Childrenâ?Ts Office. (2011) Austin Currie launches Ombudsman for Childrenâ?Ts 2010 Annual report. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 24th June 2019].


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