The Western Cape Commissioner for Children must protect and promote the rights, needs and interests of children in the province by working with the departments of Education, Health, Social Development as well as Cultural Affairs and Sport.
The Commissioner for Children is an independent institution from government and reports to Provincial Parliament on activities, functions and progress on objectives.
Monitor the impact of government services, laws, and policies on children.
Investigate complaints about government services and make recommendations.
Conduct or initiate research on policy or practices that affect children.
Educate everyone on the laws, policies, and projects for children.
Lobby key decision makers on laws, policies, and practices that affect children.
Advise governments on improvements to realise child rights.
Recommend a course of action to change law, policy, and practices that negatively affect children.
All children need to be involved in the work of the Commissioner and be able to inform her of their rights, needs and interests.