What is Barnevernet

The word Barnevernet in Norwegian means “protection of children” (barn – “child”, Vern– protection, custody). Organization full name – Norwegian Children, Youth and Family Affairs Directorate (Barne, ungdoms- og familiedirektoratetBUFDIR, or simply Norwegian Child Protection).

The main objective of Barnevernet is to ensure that children who live in conditions that are harmful to their health and development receive the necessary support and concern. This law applies to all children in Norway, regardless of their living status, education, nationality, citizenship. Norwegian law is designed to support the child’s well-being.

Convention on the Rights of the Child is a Part of Norwegian Law

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989 and ratified by Norway on January 8, 1991. On October 1, 2003, the Convention is incorporated into Norwegian law.

The Convention grants children the same basic rights, regardless of who they are and where they live. The rights are political, economic, social and cultural, and apply to all persons under 18 years of age, regardless of nationality, gender, social status, religion and culture.

All children have the right to:

  • All children are born free and are of equal worth.
  • Name and nationality.
  • Protection.
  • Best possible health care and sufficient food and drink.
  • To be heard and listened to.
  • Education.
  • To play, leisure and rest.
  • All children have the same rights.

The Convention is founded on the principle that the best interests of the child must always come first in all situations.

The public bodies in Norway understand and apply the Convention very strict. That is why the cases on child care in Norway raised so many protests and debates all over the world. Apparently, this topic causes a lot of emotions and pain. And many people question whether the requirements of Barnevernet for parental ability of take care of their own children have become too strict?