Children and young people have a lot of experiences of different services and their own everyday lives, and it is important for parents and decision-makers to hear about them. 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).
Information on the experiences of children and young people is collected at the meetings with the Young Advisers (NuoNe) 4–5 times per year. The meetings are organised with groups for children and young people. The groups in the meetings represent the different kinds of everyday lives of children and young people and the various aspects of their lives.
At the meetings, children and young people tell the Ombudsman for Children about their everyday lives. The information is used in the work of the Ombudsman for Children, such as statements on the lives of children and young people. The Ombudsman for Children can also make initiatives and state opinions based on the information on experiences of children and young people.
In addition to the activities related to the Young Advisers (NuoNe), the Ombudsman for Children meets children and young people during visits to municipalities at places such as day care centres, schools, youth centres and child welfare services, for example.