Head of the Department - Maia Gedevanishvili
The Department for Child's Rights has been functioning in the Public Defender's Office since 2001.
The Department is guided by the Constitution of Georgia, relevant international conventions and treaties, the Organic Law on Public Defender, the regulations of the Public Defender's Office and other laws. The Department function is based on the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Department is aimed at supervising protection of child's rights and freedoms and promoting realization of the rights, as well as encouraging changes to the procedures and laws for the children’s welfare and raising public awareness on the child's rights.
Objectives of the Department are:
- To monitor implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as the national and international acts on child's rights;
- To monitor children's institutions and prepare relevant reports;
- To detect and survey certain cases of violation of child’s rights as well as to respond to them;
- To consider citizens' applications and complaints on alleged violation of the child’s rights; to prepare recommendations and proposals for the legislative and administrative bodies;
- To carry out educational activities for promotion of child’s fundamental rights and freedoms and raising public awareness in this field.
Any person, including juveniles, may apply to the Public Defender's Office. Applications will be accepted by the Department for Reception of Citizens of the Public Defender's Office. The service rendered by the Department is free of charge.