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

New Commissioner appointed

We’re excited that Judge Andrew Becroft will be the new Children’s Commissioner, starting 1st July.

Judge Becroft brings huge integrity and intelligence to the role. As Principal Judge of the Youth Court he has a comprehensive understanding of the needs of young people in the care and protection and youth justice systems. He knows what is working, what isn’t and what a really good system would look like. He’s the right appointment at the right time.

Judge Becroft comes to the Office at an exciting time. The team are good heart.  While we’re small, there is immense talent across all our functions and a track record of delivering for children and young people. I’m very proud of my team and I know they will continue to deliver under Judge Becroft’s leadership.

I’m looking forward to working with Judge Becroft over the next two months as he gets to know the team and our work before taking over on 1st July.

Dr Russell Wills

Children’s Commissioner

Read the Minister's statement

Media statement: 'vulnerable children deserve this radical change'

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says the changes to the care protection system proposed by Minister Tolley today are very promising and have potential to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Read more in his media statement below.

Media statement

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

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