The Government and ‘relevant authorities’ provide services for children and young people such as health, education and justice. The Commissioner’s job is to check they do this in a way that is in the best interests of children and young people.

 She does this by:

  • Advising government – The Commissioner advises government on the policies, legislation (laws) and services it provides, for children and young people.
  • Monitoring – The Commissioner monitors what government does for children and young people, to challenge them to deliver what children need
  • Holding government to account – when the Commissioner believes not enough is being done for children and young people, she asks them to do better and to tell her what they did