What does Ombudsman fir Kanner a Jugendlecher mean?
Ombudsman originates from Swedish and means mediator.
The Ombudsman fir Kanner a Jugendlecher introduced by an Act of the 1st of April 2020 replaces the Ombuds-Committee for the rights of the child created by an Act of the 25th July 2002. The OKaJu fulfills his mission in a neutral and independent way.
Their main mission is to ensure the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child signed on the 20th of November 1989 in New York and ratified in Luxembourg on the 20th December 1993.
Who can apply to the Ombudsman fir Kanner a Jugendlecher ?
Every child and young person under the age of 18 whose rights have been violated in any way. They can express themselves freely and expose their views. To do this, they can reach out for the OKaJu via letter, email, and phone.
Parents or legal guardians of a minor whose rights have not been respected.
Associations and institutions that support children and wish to report a situation disrespecting the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and our national legislation.
The OKaJu may act on its own initiative in cases in which the Convention on the Rights of the child is not applied correctly.
How to call upon the Ombudsman fir Kanner a Jugendlecher ?
The Ombudsman may be contacted directly. He receives by appointment.
He can be contacted in writing or by phone and any intervention is free. The OKaJu is bound by professional secrecy: no confidential information is to be revealed to any other individual without the consent of the concerned person.
The Ombudsman is also involved in cases of emergency; if necessary, he contacts other institutions and in severe cases, he may initiate legal action.
The OKaJu gives his objective opinion and acts in the best interests of the child without interfering in any judicial proceedings.