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The Ombudsman for Children's Office | Ireland | Workshop

Rights of the Child Workshop

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The ability to exercise your culture and express oneself creatively are fundamental rights that all children are entitled to. The Ombudsman for Children's Office has created an online workshop focusing on children’s rights and self-expression, which can be used in the classroom or at home. Activity ideas for teachers and parents will encourage children to actively participate and engage with the idea of children's rights, be it through art, writing or improvisation.

The Ombudsman for Children's Office is a human rights institution. We work to promote and protect the rights and welfare of children in Ireland. We want children and young people to be actively heard and respected so they experience safe, happy and fulfilling everyday lives. We do this through raising awareness of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child through workshops and by investigating complaints about services provided to children by public bodies.


The Ombudsman for Children's Office & Dr. Niall Muldoon

The Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) is an independent statutory body, which was established in 2004 under the Ombudsman for Children Act 2002. Under the 2002 Act (as amended), the Ombudsman for Children has two core statutory functions:

• To promote the rights and welfare of children up to the age of 18 years.

• To examine and investigate complaints made by, or on behalf of, children about the administrative actions, or inactions, of public bodies that have had, or may have had, an adverse effect on a child.

The Ombudsman for Children reports directly to the Oireachtas in relation to the exercise of these statutory functions.

About Dr. Niall Muldoon

Dr Niall Muldoon is Ireland’s Ombudsman for Children. He was appointed as Ombudsman by President Michael D Higgins on 17 February 2015.

Niall’s background is as a clinical psychologist and he has worked in the area of child protection for almost 20 years. Before becoming Ombudsman for Children in 2015, he worked at the OCO as Director of Investigations, and before that he was the national clinical director of The CARI Foundation, a charity that provides therapy and support for children affected by sexual abuse.

Born and raised in County Donegal, Niall who is a passionate GAA supporter, now lives in Dublin with his wife and two daughters.

As Ombudsman for Children, he wants to see an Ireland where all children and young people are actively heard and respected so that they experience safe, fulfilling and happy everyday lives.


This is a pre-recorded video of the Ombudsman for Children's Office's workshop for children.

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