Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan has said her office should have oversight of how children are treated in the Irish asylum system.
Ms Logan was speaking at an event to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Children's Ombudsman office.
She said that while her office had no role in the decision on asylum, it should have oversight on their experience within the system and how they are treated during the process.
Ms Logan also called for her office to be funded through an Oireachtas committee instead of through the Department for Children.
She said the current arrangement has the potential to undermine its independence.