Press Release

Children to be involved in appointment process for Ombudsman

The National Children´s Office (NCO) will ensure and manage the involvement of children and young people in the appointment process for the Ombudsman for Children. “The NCO today issued a tender for the organisation and facilitation of the involvement of children and young people in this process” declared Anne O´Donnell, Head of Communications. “The tender is being circulated to key children´s and young people´s organisations” she continued. “It is of crucial importance that children and young people are involved in a meaningful way in this process. Lessons have been learned and recommendations made, from similar appointments in other jurisdictions, which will be adopted in the Irish process” added Ms O´Donnell. She went on to say that individual organisations or a consortium of organisations may tender for this contract.

The Ombudsman for Children will be appointed by the President upon resolution passed by Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann, recommending the appointment of the person, who will be independent in the performance of his or her functions. The post will be publicly advertised. The Department of Health and Children (DOHC) has commissioned the Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commission (OCSLAC) to manage and administer the recruitment and selection process in close consultation with the Department and the National Children´s Office.

“The Minister for Children and all of the bodies involved in this appointment are deeply committed to the importance of working in full equality with children and young people. The NCO has designed a plan, which will ensure that children and young people will be involved in every aspect of the process from the design of the person specification to the interviews of candidates” concluded Ms O´Donnell.