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Ombudsman for Children and Young People

Ombudsman for Children and Young People
Phone Number
01 865 6800
Emergency Hotline
Freephone: 1800 20 20 40

Millennium House
52-56 Great Strand Street
Dublin 1, Dublin

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm


The Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) is here to make sure that the

government and other people who make decisions about young people really think about what is best for young people.

The things that the OCO can do are set out in a law called the Ombudsman for Children Act 2002. The main areas of work of the OCO are:


complaints handling

Communication & Participation

Research & Policy

This means that the OCO can:

Support people, including children and young people, to find out more about children’s and young people’s right.

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.

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