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

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

State of Care: media statement

Read the Children's Commissioner's media statement on the State of Care 2015 report.

Read more

Giving2Kids - available now


Giving2Kids is a new project - all about helping givers invest wisely in kiwi kids.

It supports organisations and socially-minded businesses wanting to improve the lives of children. It provides information and ideas on why, how and where to donate or invest.

Giving2Kids includes more than 50 practical ideas to get started.  

A joint initiative by the Children's Commissioner and Philanthropy New Zealand.

Check out Giving2Kids

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