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Children are to help choose the next Ombudsman for Children

They will be involved the developing the job spec and the selection process.

Children will be involved in the final interview process.
Children will be involved in the final interview process.
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CHILDREN ARE TO play an even greater role in selecting Ireland’s next Ombudsman for Children according to Minister James Reilly.

The current Ombudsman Emily Logan will vacate her position on Wednesday after 11 years in the role.

The process for selecting her successor is to be carried out through the Public Appointments Service with Reilly pledging that it will expand on the process that chose Logan in how it involved children in the process:

This builds on the innovative work in the original selection process in 2003 involving children in the development of the personal specifications and job description, the advertisement of the position and involvement in the selection process through role play and interview.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs says that children will be involved in helping to shape the specification for the role as well as the advertisement for it

They will also be involved with conducting role play with candidates and will participate in the final interview and selection process.

The role of the Children’s Ombudsman has proven to cover a broad range of issues with Logan being vocal in recent years on issues such as child abuse, cyber-bullying and direct provision.

Emily Logan is stepping down from the role of the Ombudsman for Children to become the first Chief Commissioner of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

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