The main duty of the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden is to represent children and young people in Sweden as set forth in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (the CRC). But the law also states that the Ombudsman for Children must keep abreast of international developments in the interpretation and application of the CRC.
This is achieved mainly through international cooperation which provides opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and inspires each country´s own national work on applying the CRC. Furthermore, the Ombudsman for Children follows the work of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the statements it publishes.
The European Network of Ombudsmen for Children (ENOC)
The Ombudsman for Children in Sweden is a member of ENOC, the European Network of Ombudsmen for Children. UNICEF, the UN Children´s Fund, provides this network with administrative support. The members of ENOC exchange experience and knowledge and are also active in promoting the introduction of more national ombudsmen for children in Europe.
Cooperation with the Nordic Ombudsmen for Children
The Ombudsman for Children in Sweden has annual meetings with the Ombudsmen for Children in Finland, Iceland, Norway, and with the National Council for Children in Denmark. The aim is to exchange experiences regarding the children’s living conditions in the different countries and to address issues regarding children’s rights at a Nordic level.