Origins of Office
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From: Ross Francis
Dear Children's Commissioner,
I have the following information request which I hope you can assist with.
Please supply me with any background information that you have about the origins of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the reason(s) for it being established. When the Office was etablished in 1989, what were its roles and responsibilities?
In 1992, Ian Hassall and Beth Wood published a report entitled "Minimising the Risk of Sexual Abuse of Children in Early Childhood Services".
Please send me a copy of this report for research purposes.
From: children (OCC)
Good morning Ross
Thank you for your OIA request. It has been passed on to our Strategy Rights and Advice team to gather the information and come back to you.
Carina Owen | Business Support Advisor | Office of the Children's Commissioner, T: (04) 470 8715 | M: 021 702 814 | [email address] | www.occ.org.nz
PO Box 5610, Wellington 6145|Level 7, 110 Featherston St, Wellington 6011
From: Karen McKechnie
2 October 2018
Via FYI Website email
[FOI #8696 email]
(Postal Address not supplied)
Dear Mr Francis
Thank you for your Official Information Request, received Monday 9.53 PM
, 17 September 2018.
You requested the following information:
1. Any background information about the origins of the Office of the
Children’s Commissioner and the reason(s) for it being established,
including, when the Office was established in 1989, what were its roles
2. A copy of the 1992 report , "Minimising the Risk of Sexual Abuse of
Children in Early Childhood Services" published by Ian Hassall and Beth
Please find our response to these points as follows:
1. Background information on origins and establishment of the Children’s
We have attached two documents, both publically available, that outline
the establishment of the Children’s Commissioner:
· OCC Book “A Voice for Children” (see particularly Chapter 1)
· Briefing to the incoming Commissioner (see particularly Appendix
We do not have any further information related to this request.
2. 1992 Report by Ian Hassall and Beth Wood.
· Prior to the Children’s Commissioner’s Office moving location in
2001, the Office was located in the Vogel Building. During that period the
office records and all archival material was stored in the basement which
experienced a sewage flood. Because of the contamination and hazardous
waste all the material stored there was destroyed. During those early
years there was not yet a computer system in the Office. I am sorry we
are unable to help with this request. You might consider contacting the
You have the right to seek an investigation and review of this advice by
the Ombudsman at:
Office of the Ombudsman
PO Box 10 152
I hope this is helpful for you.
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