The Guardian is appointed to advocate for and promote the rights and best interests of the children and young people under the guardianship, or in the custody of, the Minister for Families and Communities.

To do this, we talk with children and young people in out of home care, their representatives and others with a direct interest in their welfare.  We visit some children and young people where they are living and check how some are going when their care plans are being reviewed.  We investigate the circumstances of children or young people in out of home care.

We work directly with government and non-government agencies to address  specific issues, we write reports on areas of concern and we provide independent advice to the Minister on issues affecting the children and young people under her guardianship or custody.

We also provide a range of  information and other products free to children and young people in care under the banner of Oog, their safety symbol.

Most important, in everything we do, we seek out and listen to the voice of young people either directly or through our group of Youth Advisors, who are, or who have been, in care.

If you are a young person in care with a problem, or advocating for a young person in care, and everything else has been tried,  read Raising an issue with the Guardian.

You can download a printable fact-sheet About the Office of the Guardian or follow these links to find out more about: