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

Recruitment for next Children's Commissioner

The current Children's Commissioner's term will end on 30 June 2016. The Ministry of Social Development is now asking for Expressions of Interest from those wanting to be considered for this role. Closing date for applications is Friday 27 November.

The Children’s Commissioner advocates for children on the interests, rights, and wellbeing of children and young people across law, policy, practice. The Commissioner also undertakes monitoring of services provided under the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989.

Children's Commissioner's Act 2003

Statement of Performance Expectations 2015 - 2016

Annual Report 2014

Link to more information about the role and the terms and conditions, via the Ministry of Social Development's website below:

Read more about this role

State of Care 2015 report published

State of Care 2015 is an annual report based on our independent monitoring of Child, Youth and Family’s policies, practices and services. It includes feedback from children and young people about their experiences in the system.


Read the report

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 Friday. 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

Dr Russell Wills combines his role as Commissioner with his work as a paediatrician at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.
(Photo: NZ Listener/Hagen Hopkins)

Find out more about Russell