The Ombudsman for Children is building a good and fair society for children together with other parties. The work of the Ombudsman for Children is guided by the Act on the Ombudsman for Children (1221/2004). The work is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (FINLEX) (SopS 59-60/1991).
The Ombudsman for Children is an autonomous and independent authority.
Elina Pekkarinen acts as the Ombudsman for Children. She started in the office on 1 May 2019.
The Ombudsman for Children is supported by the Child Advisory Board. The Finnish Government has appointed a Child Advisory Board in order to promote the position and rights of children and cooperation between authorities related to them. The Ombudsman for Children is the chairman of the Child Advisory Board.
It is important that parents and decision-makers hear about the everyday lives and experiences of children and young people. The Ombudsman for Children finds out the opinions of children and young people and forwards them to the decision-makers. Children and young people act as advisers in the work of the Ombudsman for Children (Nuoret Neuvonantajat, NuoNe).
The strategy of the Ombudsman for Children specifies the goals concerning functionality and effectiveness, among other things. The action plan tells how to reach these goals. The focus areas are determined annually.
The Ombudsman for Children submits an annual report on its activities to the Government. The Annual Report assesses the realisation and development of children’s rights and their living conditions in Finland. In addition, every four years the Ombudsman for Children submits a report to the Parliament assessing the Finnish legislation in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.