The Office of the Children's Commissioner was first established in 1989 and has, since 2003, been acting under a specific piece of legislation - the Children's Commissioner Act 2003.
The current Children's Commissioner is Dr Russell Wills.
The Children's Commissioner advocates for the best interests of all children and young people in New Zealand. The Office of the Children's Commissioner looks to ensure all of their rights are respected and upheld.
- Promotes the rights, health, welfare, and well-being of children and young people between the ages of 0 and 18 years
- Promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC)
- Monitors the activities of Child, Youth and Family
- Promotes the voices of children and young people in their communities
- Operates a Child Right's Line
Getting the help I need
If you have concerns for the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person call 111. If you suspect that a child or young person may be at risk of abuse or neglect, you can call the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services toll free on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) to report your concerns.