We advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people

Families Package welcome news at Christmas

We welcome the new Families Package and we hope it will make a big difference to the lives of many New Zealand children.

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Briefing for Incoming Minister 2017

Overview of the work of the Office of the Children's Commissioner, and the opportunities to improve the lives of New Zealand children.

Briefing for Incoming Minister 2017

Child Poverty Monitor 2017: Sustainable improvements needed

The growth in child poverty has been halted and relevant indicators are dropping, says the Children’s Commissioner on release of the latest Child Poverty Monitor data.

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Time to make world-leading family group conferences a reality

The Children’s Commissioner has called for significant change and improvement in the way family group conferences are prepared for and conducted for both care and protection and youth justice. This would include greater involvement of families, whānau, hapū, iwi and family groups, and for youth justice, victims.  

Fulfilling the Vision: Improving Family Group Conference preparation and participation

Annual Report 2017

The annual summary of activity and achievements for the Office of the Children's Commissioner for the financial year 2016 -2017.

Annual Report 2017

A new chapter for children’s rights in New Zealand?

The UNCROC Monitoring Group has released a report about how New Zealand is putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Children’s Convention) into practice, and where it can do better.

Getting It Right: The Children's Convention in Aotearoa

Concerned about a child’s wellbeing?

If you’re concerned about the immediate wellbeing of a child or young person, call:

  • Police on 111
  • Child, Youth and Family on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)

Looking for advice on children's rights?

Contact our Child Rights Advice Line by:

  • calling us on 0800 224 453 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Wednesday and 9am to 4pm on Thursdays. If you need an interpreter, just ask for ‘language line’ and the language you want when you call us
  • emailing advice@occ.org.nz

About the Commissioner

The current Children's Commissioner is Judge Andrew Becroft.

Before taking up the position on 1 July 2016 he was New Zealand's Principal Youth Court Judge.

See the Commissioner's top priorities for 2017