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What Are Specific Situations Where An Ombudsman Can Assist?

Specific Situations Where An Ombudsman Can Assist


What Are Specific Situations Where An Ombudsman Can Assist?


An ombudsman is very helpful with an organization: 1) If you are uncertain about which policy, procedure, or regulation applies to your situation. 2) If you feel that you have been unfairly or inequitably treated or that a policy, procedure, or regulation has been applied unfairly or erroneously, or is itself fundamentally unfair. 3) If you have a problem that requires someone to help negotiate a solution, or to help facilitate your communication with others. 4) If you would like to find out who has the authority to make an exception to a rule or policy. And 5) If you want to know the right person or office to whom to direct a formal complaint or grievance.




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The word ‘ ombudsman ’ dates back to 1809when the Swedish Parliament created a new official known as the Justitie-Ombudsman, referring to public officials appointed to investigate citizens’ complaints against governmental agencies. Ombudsman loosely translates as ‘ citizen’s defender ’ or ‘ representative of thepeople ’. In Swedish the word – ‘ ombudsman’ is without gender and can indicate a person of either sex. However, it is becoming common to use the term ombudsperson in lieu of ombudsman.


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