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

Raising the youth justice age

New Zealand is one of just a handful of countries around the world that still treats 17-year-olds as adults in the justice system. The Children's Commissioner strongly believes this needs to change.

You can read his six reasons why in the document below.

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State of Care 2016

The State of Care 2016 report is an annual summary of our findings and recommendations from our monitoring of Child, Youth and Family. 

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Read State of care 2016

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.