The Ombudsman for Children monitors whether children’s rights are adhered to in the Netherlands by the central and local government. But also by private organisations in education, childcare, child welfare and health care.

The Ombudsman for Children provides advice to the government and  Parliament regarding laws and policies that have an effect on children's rights. He raises awareness of children's rights.

The Ombudsman for children is an independent institute that exists since 1 April 2011. Margrite Kalverboer is Ombudsperson for Children of the Netherlands since 1 April 2016.

The Ombudsman for Children is part of the institute of the National Ombudsman. He has his own mandate and reports annually to Parliament.

The Dutch parliament appointed Margrite Kalverboer as the Netherlands’ ombudsperson for Children, on 20 April 2016.

The Dutch parliament appointed Margrite Kalverboer as the Netherlands’ ombudsperson for Children, on 20 April 2016. Margrite Kalverboer is a Professor of Child, Pedagogy and Migration Law. She studied law and clinical child and adolescent studies at the University of Groningen. In 1996 she gained a PhD with research on the way that educational and care problems are reported to the Child Care and Protection Board Northern Division.

From 1996 to 2002 she was a behavioural scientist and head of Care at the Het Poortje young offenders’ institution in Groningen. After that she became university reader in the Youth Care section of the department of Special Needs Education and Child Care of the University of Groningen.

The Ombudsman for Children has done numerous studies on the observance of children's rights in the Netherlands. A number these studies has been translated into English.

We are trying to improve the lives of children in the Netherlands by telling organisations what needs to change for children. A few rules apply to every study by the Ombudsman for Children.

The Netherlands'Ombudsman for children is a member of the European Network for Ombudsman for Children (ENOC).

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How to contact us?

The office of the Netherlands' Ombudsman for Children can be reached by:

  • by e-mail
  • by phone. +31 800 8765432 (when you call from the Netherlands). Or +31 70 8506 995 (when you call from abroad). You can call at weekdays from noon until 5 pm (MET, GMT +1)
  • by mail. Please send your letter to:

    de Kinderombudsman
    Postbus 93122
    2509 AC Den Haag
    The Netherlands