Author(s): John Barrington
The Office of the Commissioner for Children, 1989-2003 This is the story of the establishment of the Office of Commissioner for Children and its subsequent history. The Office has become well known for its role of monitoring government departments and other organisations that work with children and young people. Its investigations, research submissions and advocacy have covered child abuse, the rights of young people in residential care, school boarding hostels, and police custody, suspensions and expulsions from school, children appearing as witnesses in court, and those whose parents are imprisoned to name just a few areas. Also, successive Commissioners have continued the movement to encourage parents to seek alternatives to physical punishment in the upbringing of children.