Who is the Ombudsman for Children and Youth?

The term “Ombudsman” originates from Swedish and means mediator. It refers to both an individual and the institution that this individual represents.

The Ombudsman for Children and Youth (OKaJu) is an independent institution established by the law of April 1, 2020. The OKaJu’s main objective is to promote, safeguard, and protect the rights of the child as defined by the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC is applicable to all children and youth up to the age of 18. The OKaJu ensures that the CRC is upheld in Luxembourg.

The best interests of the child are at the heart of The OKaJu’s missions and actions. When institutions, administrations, businesses, or private actors make decisions affecting minors, the best interest of the concerned child or adolescent must be considered.

The OKaJu individually supports the child or adolescent to assist them when their rights have not been upheld. It listens to the child or adolescent and encourages them to freely express their thoughts and feelings.

One can approach the OKaJu for any advice as well as any complaints concerning the rights and interests of the child.