Our office is Jersey's first National Human Rights Institution, and as such is part of a worldwide community of organisations in other countries with similar roles and remits.
During the past two years, we have managed to get membership to three very important organisations:
• British and Irish Network of Ombudsman and Children’s Commissioners (BINOCC), click here.
• European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC),click here.
• European Network of Youth Advisors (ENYA), click here.
This has allowed us to work with partners in more than 30 countries and ensure that Deborah and the rest of the team can keep up with the latest information and the best ways of working.
It also strengthens the power of our office because it means that, when we are championing the voices of children and young people in Jersey, we are not alone: we have friends and supporters from all over Europe backing us up.
The Commissioner's role with ENOC
In November 2020, Deborah was unanimously elected Secretary of the Bureau of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC).
ENOC is a not-for-profit association of independent children’s rights institutions. Its mandate is to facilitate the promotion and protection of the rights of children. ENOC is made up of 43 institutions in 34 countries.
The ENOC Bureau are elected by the General Assembly of ENOC.
Deborah was voted to be a member of the Bureau as Secretary for a one-year term. This is a fantastic opportunity to continue to work collaboratively with partners across Europe extending our network and continuing to raise the profile of Jersey as an independent human rights institution for children.