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About the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden

The Ombudsman for Children is a government agency tasked with promoting and advancing children’s rights and interests in Sweden on the basis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The Ombudsman for Children monitors the implementation and interpretation of the CRC in Sweden's municipalities, county regions and government agencies. We draw attention to errors in the application of the CRC and propose changes to legislation and policy where needed.

The Ombudsman for Children submits an annual report to the government which includes analyses and recommendations for improvements for children. We also advocate for children and raise public awareness on children's rights. We provide mechanisms for meaningful participation of children and youth in our work, including through interviews, focus groups, polls and meetings. We recognise that children are experts on their situation and aim to amplify their voices.

The Ombudsman for Children lack regulatory powers but has legal powers to request information and to summon parties to talks. We may not interfere in individual cases, but do have a duty to report any signs of abuse or neglect.