The Office of the Children’s Commissioner is an Independent Crown entity.
All our work aligns with our vision to make New Zealand a place where all children thrive. You can find out more about how we're working to achieve this vision in the our work section.
We have three key functions under the Children’s Commissioner Act 2003:
- monitoring, assessing and reporting on services provided to children in care
- advocating on issues that affect children and young people
- raising awareness of and advancing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Children's Convention)
The Commissioner is a ‘National Preventative Mechanism’ under the Crimes of Torture Amendment Act 2003 and has responsibilities under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).
Read a summary of our legislative mandate.
A wide set of statutory functions set out in a number of Acts and international conventions determines the scope of our work and promotes the rights and wellbeing of children. For more information on our legislative framework go to our legislation page.
The Responsible Minister
The Commissioner meets regularly with the Responsible Minister, Hon Carmel Sepuloni and provides briefings on issues relating to the interests, rights and welfare of children. We keep all other relevant Ministers informed of our work.
Minister Sepuloni has approved a 12-month extension to prepare our next Statement of Intent (SOI). This extension has been granted to allow enough time for the arrangements of the new Independent Children’s Monitor (ICM) and future governance of the Children’s Commissioner to be settled. Under this extension, our new SOI must be completed by the end of April 2021.
Minister Sepuloni has also granted a 3-month extension to provide a Statement of Performance Expectations (SPE) as we consider the implications of COVID-19 on our operations. Under this extension, our 2020/21 SPE must be completed by the end of July 2020.