Residents' rights in child protection units in Norway
On behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality, NOVA (Norwegian Social Research) and FAFO (Institute for Labour and Social Research) carried out a study of young peoples rights while under residential care in Norway.
This report presents the results from the first countrywide questionnaire study including users of residential care ever conducted in Norway. 436 boys and girls from 114 residential child welfare units participated during the autumn of 2005, a response rate of 57 %. All were in long-term placement, and they were aged 13 and older. Four research questions were formulated:
- To what extent are the rights of the young people honoured while they remain in residential care?
- Do young people become victims of various kinds of abuse while in residential care?
- How do young people themselves describe their daily lives inside and outside the care unit?
- Is there a relationship between the quality of care and treatment and the ways the staff organize their working shifts?
In addition the directors of the care units filled in a separate questionnaire, and twelve youth from seven different units were interviewed in order to supplement and further elucidate important themes from the questionnaires. As part of the preparation to the study a knowledge status was done, in particular concerning young people’s rights in residential care. The report is in norwegian, but carries an english summary. The report can be downloaded following the link below.
Created 15.06.2006 Updated 15.06.2006