Monitoring places of detention

Aroturuki i ngā wāhi whakarau

We visit places where people are detained to check their treatment and conditions.

These places include:

  • prisons
  • secure units in health and disability facilities
  • immigration detention centres
  • child care and protection residences
  • youth justice residences
  • court cells.

The Ombudsman then makes recommendations to these places to improve the conditions of detention and detainee treatment.

OPCAT inspection reports

Aged care monitoring

We have more information about this work in multiple languages and accessible formats.

Monitoring places of detention pamphlet


The Chief Ombudsman’s designation on 1 April 2020 as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic has required him to reset his planned inspection programme.

These resources provide more information about what we are doing.

Update and statement of principles

The Ombudsman has provided agencies responsible for places of detention with a set of principles to guide them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPCAT inspections and visits during COVID-19 pandemic – update and Statement of Principles

OPCAT inspections during COVID-19 pandemic – update and Statement of Principles poster 

Other resources

COVID-19: Measures needed to protect people deprived of liberty, UN torture prevention body says – United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Criteria for OPCAT COVID-19 Inspections - pamphlet

Criteria for OPCAT COVID-19 inspections