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"Barnevernet" is getting a new Law

-Now is the time to speak, demonstrate, give input, and pray, establishes the convenor of European Apostolic Leaders
January 12, 2016

On November 28th, 2014, a committee was appointed to consider ways of simplifying the Norwegian Child Welfare Act for "Barnevernet". The current legislation is disjointed and confusing. There is also a need to bring the Act up to date, says the Government. The committee is scheduled to deliver the report by August 15th, 2016.

"Barnevernet" is getting a new LawOn 28 November 2014, a committee was appointed to consider ways of simplifying the Child Welfare Act.In the press release from the Government in 2014, it is stated that "the reasons for reviewing the Child Welfare Act are to improve legal safeguards for children and to create a more comprehensible body of legislation".

"Barnevernet" is getting a new LawMinister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Solveig Horne-I am pleased that we now have a committee charged with assessing how the Child Welfare Act should be designed so as to safeguard the best interests of the child, says Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Solveig Horne.The child welfare service comes into contact with children and families with increasingly complex challenges, and the way the service discharges its responsibilities is of central importance.

-I am concerned with the legal safeguards of children and their families in the child welfare service, not least bearing in mind the fact that the authorities are able to intervene forcibly in the private lives of individuals. In order to ensure the best interests of the child, we must have a clearer and more accessible legislation. The Act must be easy to understand for those who are to use it: the child welfare service and the children and families themselves, says the Minister.

The committee is to conduct a technical, linguistic and structural review of the Child Welfare Act, and consider ways of simplifying it.

"Barnevernet" is getting a new LawProfessor and Dean of the Law School at Tromsø University, Trude HaugliIn addition to simplifying the Child Welfare Act of 1992, the committee is to consider areas such as: 

  • A Child Welfare Act appropriate for our times
  • The responsibilities of the child welfare service
  • Preventive work
  • The principles of the child welfare service
  • Party rights and contact arrangements
  • Any establishment of rights

The committee is led by Professor Trude Haugli, Tromsø, (Chair), and Christian Børge Sørensen, Chair of County Social Welfare Board, Stavanger, member; Frode Lauareid, lawyer, Kongsberg, member: Cecilia Dinardi, assistant lawyer, Oslo, member; Wenche Dahl Elde, lawyer/senior adviser, Oslo, member; Arne Birger Krokeide, lawyer, Gjøvik, member: and Berit Roll Elgsaas, senior adviser, Drammen, member.

In a statement to the newspaper iTromsø in December 2014, the chairwoman Trude Haugli said: "One of the big questions is if the Law on Barnevernet shall be a rights-law for the child. Our task is to suggest how the rights should look like and how they can be implemented in practical terms, if "Stortinget" (Parliament) should pass a law that establishes "rights"."

In a comment on the web page of the newspaper iTromsø, Mr. Arild Holta who leads the organization "ReddVåreBarn" (SaveOurChildren), says: "There is nothing in the statement of Professor Haugli that shows a critical attitude towards the so-called "Barnevernet" ("Barnevernet" actually means "child protection"). What about including in the law the demand for a high degree of evidence prior to actions against families and interference in privacy? A minimum requirement must be that there must be real evidence".

"Barnevernet" is getting a new LawJan-Aage Torp speaking on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Company) on another issueJan-Aage Torp who is the convenor of European Apostolic Leaders, and himself a Norwegian living in Oslo, has had several bouts with "Barnevernet" as a witness in court cases, and has seen the destruction of families take place on several occasions.

Torp says: -There is great fear among average Norwegian citizens against coming into the crossfire with "Barnevernet". They have unlimited powers, and the Church is a silent supporter of the atrocities. Of course, we need a law that protects children, but it should be clearly established that this must always happen within the context of the family itself, and a child protection service may come alongside to support and help. 

-Now is the time for international pressure against Norwegian political authorities. The present Conservative/Progress Government of Ms. Erna Solberg has shown a willingness to listen to the Church in several matters, so I believe we can bring a positive change to the system during the present Parliamentary term (which ends in September 2017).

-Now is the time to speak, demonstrate, give input, and pray, establishes the convenor of European Apostolic Leaders.

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