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Children’s rights

The role of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children is to look after that children’s rights, needs and interests are taken into consideration. Salvör Norðdal is the appointed Ombudsman for Children and on the website barn.is there is plenty of information about children's rights. Everyone can go to The Office of the Ombudsman for Children and questions from children are always answered first.

Among the projects is to educate children and adults about The Convention on the Rights of the Child, create public discussion about children’s affairs and gather and publish information about children’s conditions and the position of specific groups of children.

Kids from 12 - 17 years old can take part in the Ombudsman's advisory group. There kids meet up and talk about how to improve human rights for children. You can sign up here (form in Icelandic).

On their website, children can send in a question about anything (form in Icelandic). No question is to silly or stupid. Questions are answered as soon as possible and they appear anonymously on the site. Children can call the children's number 800 5999, free of charge. You can also follow the Office of the Ombudsman for Children on Facebook or Instagram.

A powerful counsellors’ team answers children’s questions. 100% confidentiality.

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Child Protection Services

Child protection service committees in each municipality help children who exist in unacceptable living conditions and provide support for families.

Þrjár dökkhærðar stelpur sitja á grasi. Þær snúa baki í myndavélina og spjalla saman.

Save the Children

Save the Children offers consultation regarding the welfare of children. On their website, it is possible to report inappropriate online behaviour against children.

Bergið headspace

Bergið is a support- and counselling centre for young people up to 25 years old.