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29 670

new family counselling cases in 2016

New cases in Family counselling services, by the primary clients sex, region, average waiting time per new cases and average duration per closed cases.
2016
New cases
Both sexes29 670
Males10 003
Females19 667
 
Region East10 991
Region South5 816
Region West4 838
Region Middle3 966
Region North4 059
 
Average waiting time per case (days)24
Average duration per case138

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Table 1 
New cases in the Family counselling services, by primary clients sex and reason for inquiry. Total and Region.

New cases in the Family counselling services, by primary clients sex and reason for inquiry. Total and Region.
2016
Both sexesMalesFemalesRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Total29 67010 00319 66710 9915 8164 8383 9664 059
Relationship12 2254 0808 1454 7572 3642 1431 7101 251
Parental collaboration/guidance11 7674 1637 6044 0292 4981 7441 6031 893
Other/complex problems in the family4 3521 4192 9331 664713737528710
Help for children and youth1 326341985541241214125205

Table 2 
New cases, by period of waiting, region and county.

New cases, by period of waiting, region and county.
2016
Total number of casesTime from request to session : Less then 2 weeksTime from request to session : 2 - 4 weeksTime from request to session : Between 1 - 2 monthsTime from reques to session : Between 2 - 4 monthsTime from reques to session : Between 4 and 6 months (days)Time from reques to session : More than 6 monthsTime from request to session : UnknownAverage waiting time per case (days)
The whole country29 67010 08911 2066 7261 49610449..24
 
Region East10 9913 7634 0812 6194853211..23
Region South5 8161 8622 2261 450258119..24
Region West4 8381 4961 7841 0914173416..28
Region Middle3 9661 0541 771923197138..25
Region North4 0591 9141 344643139145..19
 
Østfold1 9308467882533931..18
Akershus3 4181 1381 400751117111..22
Oslo3 6181 2481 170972210135..25
Hedmark1 7003916265759954..28
Oppland325140976820......22
Buskerud1 44436045950810953..29
Vestfold1 37229268933453..4..26
Telemark1 027295425265393....23
Aust-Agder69626722517924..1..22
Vest-agder1 2776484281643331..17
Rogaland2 22667393250610852..24
Hordaland1 8634735564982952912..36
Sogn og Fjordane7493502968714..2..17
Møre og Romsdal1 5215136033307014..23
Sør-Trøndelag1 674389756416100103..27
Nord-Trøndelag7711524121772721..25
Nordland1 6196506322715772..21
Troms - Romsa1 6629014812403811..16
Finnmark - Finnmárku7783632311324462..22

Table 3 
Family counselling services, closed cases, by duration, region and county.

Family counselling services, closed cases, by duration, region and county.
2016
Total number of closed casesDuration : Less then 2 monthsDuration : 2 - 5 monthsDuration : 6 - 11 monthsDuration : 12 - 17 monthsDuration : 18 months or moreDuration : UnknownAverage duration per case
The whole country26 61811 3848 9584 2121 155909..138
 
Region East10 1664 2483 5211 602432363..141
Region South5 3232 2591 806860242156..134
Region West4 4021 6441 460810259229..167
Region Middle3 1581 3051 079524142108..139
Region North3 5691 9281 0924168053..96
 
Østfold1 7659125222305348..118
Akershus3 1801 3271 11051113795..136
Oslo3 2871 2491 180564155139..153
Hedmark1 6356725892526755..139
Oppland29988120452026..197
Buskerud1 35444249326110256..168
Vestfold1 2314914282116140..142
Telemark9464203071564023..125
Aust-Agder602276199921520..123
Vest-agder1 1906303791402417..99
Rogaland2 02275971036010984..153
Hordaland1 728510587384123124..202
Sogn og Fjordane652375163662721..117
Møre og Romsdal1 3675774612177141..135
Sør-Trøndelag1 0834153652075244..152
Nord-Trøndelag7083132531001923..128
Nordland1 3477434021463125..98
Troms - Romsa1 5298584551703412..88
Finnmark - Finnmárku6933272351001516..112

Table 4 
Family counselling services, counselling sessions, by region and county.

Family counselling services, counselling sessions, by region and county.1
2016
Total number of sessions since the estabilishment, family councellingTotal number of sessions during the year, family councellingCouncelling sessions during the year, Primary ClientCouncelling sessions during the year, PartnerCouncelling sessions during the year, Former partnersessionsCouncelling sessions during the year, son/daughter under 18 years (Unit:counceCouncelling sessions during the year, son/daughter 18 years or olderCouncelling sessions during the year, ParentsCouncelling sessions during the year, Other family/relativesCouncelling sessions during the year, Friend/friendsCouncelling sessions during the year, OthersCouncelling sessions during the year, Main TherapistCouncelling sessions during the year, Co-therapistAverage number of sessions per family councelling case since the estabilishmentAverage number of sessions per family councelling case during the year
1The total number of counselling sessions is lower than the total for the various persons as several persons may have been present at one session.
The whole country179 916120 347110 34053 32520 7467 8041 0681 37442497297118 32610 7014.83.2
 
Region East66 95243 98040 56921 5997 0622 8194915522051010943 4383 6784.83.1
Region South30 98622 74020 8589 9084 6391 65219024067205422 1752 3384.23.1
Region West38 39923 57721 48810 7733 1191 30821330251154123 2302 0675.93.6
Region Middle26 91717 03415 4997 0193 3201 15413112069234416 5762 1185.23.3
Region North16 66213 01611 9264 0262 6068714316032294912 9075003.52.7
 
Østfold9 8186 7326 3213 1551 0745046259243116 6425994.22.8
Akershus19 93613 81812 6736 7302 5181 0941451535322813 6131 3494.53.1
Oslo25 18215 55514 3598 4822 1198472291816814315 4141 3725.43.3
Hedmark9 0816 1855 6432 6341 1593244171413256 0863294.22.8
Oppland2 9351 6901 57359819250148819121 683296.53.7
Buskerud9 7116 7546 1363 0841 683497502112..116 4977465.13.5
Vestfold7 5285 7195 1232 5061 1204834599176105 6602934.33.3
Telemark5 1563 7763 4901 65680532626478..193 7294204.03.0
Aust-Agder3 4042 3732 2471 075430143333218242 3402833.92.7
Vest-agder5 1874 1183 8621 58760120336411212103 9495963.52.8
Rogaland15 69610 1069 3015 0701 52649583213323219 9357745.43.5
Hordaland18 21210 7569 5684 9211 203672115691581710 6387436.94.1
Sogn og Fjordane4 4912 7152 61978239014115204432 6575504.92.9
Møre og Romsdal9 9216 6996 0672 3261 1704327944304146 5338025.03.4
Sør-Trøndelag12 5577 4896 9043 7041 42642846462612207 2546895.53.3
Nord-Trøndelag4 4392 8462 528989724294630137102 7896274.63.0
Nordland6 5655 0024 6721 5251 0112529771423144 9741793.52.6
Troms - Romsa6 9585 6295 0131 7821 0434833166156265 5602333.62.9
Finnmark - Finnmárku3 1392 3852 2417195521363173..92 373883.42.6

Table 5 
Family counselling services, by status per 31 December, region and county.

Family counselling services, by status per 31 December, region and county.
2016
Total casesCases closed : In agreement with the clientCases closed : client failed to appearCases not closed in statistic year
The whole country37 78719 0527 56611 169
 
Region East14 0637 1433 0233 897
Region South7 3003 8261 4971 977
Region West6 4673 1181 2842 065
Region Middle5 2032 2459132 045
Region North4 7542 7208491 185
 
Østfold2 3631 212553598
Akershus4 4152 2229581 235
Oslo4 6602 3079801 373
Hedmark2 1731 211424538
Oppland452191108153
Buskerud1 914953401560
Vestfold1 744895336513
Telemark1 276715231330
Aust-Agder875421181273
Vest-agder1 491842348301
Rogaland2 9001 440582878
Hordaland2 6441 172556916
Sogn og Fjordane923506146271
Møre og Romsdal1 972943424605
Sør-Trøndelag2 2677773061 184
Nord-Trøndelag964525183256
Nordland1 895987360548
Troms - Romsa1 9291 199330400
Finnmark - Finnmárku930534159237

Table 6 
Family counselling services, by main actions in the counselling, region and county.

Family counselling services, by main actions in the counselling, region and county.
2016
Total number of casesMain actions in the Councelling : Couple councellingMain actions in the Councelling : Parents-children councellingMain actions in the Councelling : Councelling with the rest of the family/othersMain actions in the Councelling : Individual councellingMain actions in the Councelling : Group treatmentMain actions in the Councelling : Unknown
The whole country37 78714 5899 7442 20411 250....
 
Region East14 0635 9033 4248593 877....
Region South7 3002 7022 0154612 122....
Region West6 4672 7071 4644121 884....
Region Middle5 2032 0161 4892291 469....
Region North4 7541 2611 3522431 898....
 
Østfold2 363853564163783....
Akershus4 4151 8621 1692681 116....
Oslo4 6602 2269982951 141....
Hedmark2 17385362790603....
Oppland4521096643234....
Buskerud1 91471968291422....
Vestfold1 744646501128469....
Telemark1 27647135092363....
Aust-Agder87535619070259....
Vest-agder1 49151029280609....
Rogaland2 9001 357705159679....
Hordaland2 6441 120563193768....
Sogn og Fjordane92323019660437....
Møre og Romsdal1 97265050191730....
Sør-Trøndelag2 2671 03566895469....
Nord-Trøndelag96433132043270....
Nordland1 89552354379750....
Troms - Romsa1 929509487121812....
Finnmark - Finnmárku93022932243336....

Table 7 
Family counselling services, by man-hours spent on counselling sessions, region and county.

Family counselling services, by man-hours spent on counselling sessions, region and county.
2016
Total time used on man-hours since the estabilishment, family councellingTotal number of sessions during the year, family councellingNumber of hours per session : 1 - 2 hoursNumber of hours per session : 3 - 5 hoursNumber of hours per session : 6 - 9 hoursNumber of hours per session : 10 - 19 hoursNumber of hours per session : 20 hours or moreNumber of hours per session : unknownAverage man-hours per case since the estabilishmentAverage man-hours per case during the year
The whole country228 335152 07218 43010 8035 3022 805447..6.04.0
 
Region East88 09657 5606 8103 9892 0101 080174..6.34.1
Region South38 90328 5593 6042 1061 00351176..5.33.9
Region West46 53828 7242 9101 8541 00460099..7.24.4
Region Middle35 23921 9592 3961 54276443368..6.84.2
Region North19 55915 2702 7101 31252118130..4.13.2
 
Østfold11 5577 7501 42956422312819..4.93.3
Akershus25 89417 8852 0811 32464032941..5.94.1
Oslo34 11021 0192 0571 33476142979..7.34.5
Hedmark12 2878 4571 07862730913722..5.73.9
Oppland4 2482 449165140775713..9.45.4
Buskerud11 1207 68892655427114221..5.84.0
Vestfold10 7008 13471754928516231..6.14.7
Telemark6 4894 7806533651638411..5.13.7
Aust-Agder4 2212 939474246107444..4.83.4
Vest-agder6 3735 018834392177799..4.33.4
Rogaland17 96811 5821 41082641122528..6.24.0
Hordaland22 60213 3321 03577847330355..8.55.0
Sogn og Fjordane5 9683 8104652501207216..6.54.1
Møre og Romsdal12 7998 65490356728618234..6.54.4
Sør-Trøndelag15 8989 1251 08363534818516..7.04.0
Nord-Trøndelag6 5424 1804103401306618..6.84.3
Nordland8 1536 2691 0625202168611..4.33.3
Troms - Romsa7 7356 2171 0935422126814..4.03.2
Finnmark - Finnmárku3 6712 78455525093275..3.93.0

Table 8 
Family counselling services, by primary client's age, sex, marital status and emplpyment status. Total and Region.

Family counselling services, by primary client's age, sex, marital status and emplpyment status. Total and Region.
2016
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Sex
Both sexes37 78714 0637 3006 4675 2034 754
Males12 5994 6092 4732 1471 6921 678
Females25 1889 4544 8274 3203 5113 076
 
Age
Less than 25 years1 990630351330281398
25-34 years10 2713 3242 0721 7291 5751 571
35-44 years15 7606 1683 0732 7692 0571 693
45-54 years7 8353 1921 4491 3161 018860
55 years or older1 931749355323272232
Unknown age000000
 
Marital status
Married/partnership contracted12 8405 0232 4082 6071 6001 202
Separated2 6221 003613505273228
Divorced4 0171 6721 029705297314
Widow/widower1406020232314
Unmarried18 1686 3053 2302 6273 0102 996
Unknowwn marital status000000
Cohabitation10 5413 9301 8501 6561 5821 523
Not in a live-in relationship15 0045 3623 1172 3402 0712 114
Unknown marital status000000
 
Status regarding employment
Working full time (Employee or self-employed)25 9889 7414 8474 3873 7473 266
Working part time3 7731 408856706481322
Job applicant8543081731839298
Student1 883683350317203330
Birth leave1 374538274239175148
Other income from NAV3 5511 244712586465544
Without income36414188494046

Table 9 
Family counselling services, and topics in all cases. Total and Region.

Family counselling services, and topics in all cases. Total and Region.
2016
Both sexesMalesFemalesRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Strengthen the relationship13 8884 6109 2785 4022 5522 6391 9801 315
Clarify/end the relationship9 2543 0646 1903 4731 7491 8251 284923
Separation in the family3 6701 1292 5411 222603860506479
Interaction difficulty8 0262 5845 4423 1381 3111 588990999
Childs experience of cirumstances of own life6 0861 7584 3282 2671 1271 141762789
Childs situation in parental conflict4 0731 3092 7641 406767808546546
Permanent residence / access arrangements6 2512 3183 9332 0231 2789487581 244
Parental role8 3462 5395 8073 1331 5611 6241 0181 010
Parent-child relation7 7672 3365 4312 8811 3951 5519151 025
Multi-generation problems1 9885251 463780303421293191
Collaboration of child/children (parents do not cohabite)12 4924 2488 2444 4282 4751 8241 9221 843
Child of another bed and/or new family1 5074861 021538246271227225
Cultural or minority problems93331561842315315910395
Forced marriage599504121024
Drug addictions1 421438983475256247204239
Illness or operability problems3 7201 1382 5821 365644684560467
Physical/psychological violence and/or sexual abuse4 5591 4583 1011 413965802623756
Other serious incident4 6451 4633 1821 578772913628754

Table 10 
Groups in the family counseling services, by subject. The whole country and Region.

Groups in the family counseling services, by subject. The whole country and Region.
2016
Groups
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Total1284731152510
Relationship24141810
Separation in the family381091135
Violence/abuse572218665
Other serious incident913050
Cultural or minority problems000000
PMTO000000
Other topic000000

Table 11 
Gropus in the family counseling services, by participants. The whole country and Region.

Gropus in the family counseling services, by participants. The whole country and Region.
2016
Groups
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Children younger than 18 years1826163
Family1228200
Individual7028154167
Couples28152830

Table 12 
Groups in family counseling, by extent. The whole contry and Region.

Groups in family counseling, by extent. The whole contry and Region.
2016
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Completed group meetings during the year1 388380460127317104
Completed group meetings since establishment1 679501502182370124
Hours spent in groups during the year4 8231 9041 177349984409
Hours spent in groups since establishment5 8542 5121 3084451 136453
Participants in the group during the year95037224412817432
Participants in the group since establishment1 02141625313718233
Average number of meatings per group during the year1181581310
Average number of meatings per group since establishment131116121512
Average hours spent per group during the year384138233941
Average hours spent per group since establishment465342304545
Average number of participants in the group during the year788973
Average number of participants in the group since establishment898973

Table 13 
Closed cases by main topic. The whole contry and Region.

Closed cases by main topic. The whole contry and Region.
2016
Both sexesMalesFemalesRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Total26 6188 90117 71710 1665 3234 4023 1583 569
Strengthen the relationship6 0142 0183 9962 4151 1531 090759597
Clarify/end the relationship3 2841 0942 1901 298642585401358
Separation in the family91729861935817917388119
Interaction difficulty1 5054951 010691240270142162
Childs experience of cirumstances of own life1 066269797436175170140145
Childs situation in parental conflict5201533671821061076065
Permanent residence / access arrangements2 5171 0621 455758547343275594
Parental role1 01629572142117822178118
Parent-child relation97027969140717518673129
Multi-generation problems4129431815168975541
Collaboration of child/children (parents do not cohabite)5 8672 0033 8642 1881 322767775815
Child of another bed and/or new family210591518137382232
Cultural or minority problems782652251521710
Forced marriage22319140314
Drug addictions13637994623241726
Illness or operability problems3258424114048463655
Physical/psychological violence and/or sexual abuse1 008367641280297142142147
Other serious incident75126548627511811987152

Table 14 
Hours spent on external activities in the family counselling service, by type of activity. The whole contry and Region.

Hours spent on external activities in the family counselling service, by type of activity. The whole contry and Region.
2016
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Groups without therapeutic treatment3 1931 1674991 011352164
Relationship enhancement courses1 39834867518714246
Other measures for users3 5181 816398829337138
Information/guidance of students24452201262422
Consultation/guidance of the support service3 190990279703692526
Courses/information of the support service3 3601 320360792403485
Information to the media37918158355649
Supervision51888701689597

Table 15 
Contracted man years adjusted for long term leavs, by region, sex and education. Family counselling service (88.992). 4th quarter.

Contracted man years adjusted for long term leavs, by region, sex and education. Family counselling service (88.992). 4th quarter.
2016
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
Total education471.2125.4345.8171.541.6129.987.325.062.390.323.866.561.618.043.660.517.043.5
Social worker and child welfare officer193.552.1141.550.812.138.738.214.224.046.09.536.530.99.321.627.77.020.7
Psychologist118.334.184.262.018.443.615.53.911.618.65.613.013.65.28.48.61.07.6
Other health care education, college or university level75.627.448.325.87.618.215.85.810.013.06.86.29.63.06.611.54.27.3
Other education, college or university level22.08.313.88.92.56.45.71.04.73.02.01.00.80.00.83.72.80.9
Upper secondary education30.91.029.912.20.012.27.20.07.25.50.05.51.00.01.05.01.04.0
Below upper secondary education, including unknown education30.92.628.211.71.010.75.00.14.94.40.04.45.70.55.24.01.03.0

Table 16 
Contracted man-years adjusted for long term leaves, by region, sex and occupation. Family counselling service (88.992). 4th quarter.

Contracted man-years adjusted for long term leaves, by region, sex and occupation. Family counselling service (88.992). 4th quarter.
2016
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
All occupations471.2125.4345.8171.541.6129.987.325.062.390.323.866.561.618.043.660.517.043.5
Managers42.520.522.011.86.05.89.04.05.06.22.04.26.02.04.09.56.53.0
Professionals157.140.9116.277.418.958.521.05.915.133.09.423.615.15.29.910.61.59.1
Technicians and associate professionals247.462.5185.077.216.760.551.315.036.342.611.531.138.410.328.138.09.029.0
Clerical support workers18.00.018.04.60.04.64.80.04.85.00.05.01.30.01.32.30.02.3
Service and sales workers0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Elementary occupations4.10.63.40.40.00.41.20.11.11.60.01.60.80.50.30.00.00.0
Unspecified or unidentifiable occupations2.01.01.00.00.00.00.00.00.02.01.01.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Table 17 
Contracted man-years adjusted for long term leavs, by region, sex and age. Family counselling service (88.992). 4th quarter.

Contracted man-years adjusted for long term leavs, by region, sex and age. Family counselling service (88.992). 4th quarter.
2016
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
Total471.2125.4345.8171.541.6129.987.325.062.390.323.866.561.618.043.660.517.043.5
Less than 35 years27.87.020.711.51.510.07.02.84.24.81.83.01.30.31.03.10.62.5
35-49 years156.440.2116.265.717.947.829.710.019.727.67.819.816.72.913.816.71.615.1
50 years or older287.178.2208.994.222.172.150.512.238.358.114.343.843.614.828.840.714.825.9

Table 18 
Completed meditations, by mediation authority, region and cause of mediation.

Completed meditations, by mediation authority, region and cause of mediation.
2016
All mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counselling
The whole country20 00516 4683 537
 
Region East7 0865 8921 194
Region South4 2083 422786
Region West4 1003 240860
Region Middle2 6082 049559
Region North2 0031 865138
 
Cause of mediation
Separation/divorce (Marriage Act)6 7815 5461 235
Separations of cohabitants6 1525 1271 025
Mediation applications pursuant to Children Act7 0425 7671 275
Returned from court system (Children Act)30282

Table 19 
Completed mediations, by cause of mediation, mediation authority and region.

Completed mediations, by cause of mediation, mediation authority and region.
2016
All causes of mediationSeparation/divorce (Marriage Act)Separations of cohabitantsMediation applications pursuant to Children ActReturned from court system (Children Act)
All mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counselling
The whole country20 00516 4683 5376 7815 5461 2356 1525 1271 0257 0425 7671 27530282
 
Region East7 0865 8921 1942 6112 1724391 9531 6772762 5172 038479550
Region South4 2083 4227861 4701 1802901 2131 0251881 5161 208308990
Region West4 1003 2408601 3981 0833151 2959773181 3941 16822613121
Region Middle2 6082 049559788630158936746190882672210211
Region North2 0031 865138514481337557025373368152110

Table 20 
Completed mediations, by time from mediation application to first session, mediation authority and region.

Completed mediations, by time from mediation application to first session, mediation authority and region.
2016
0-1 week from mediation application to first session1-2 weeks from mediation application to first session2-3 weeks from mediation application to first sessionMore than 3 weeks from mediation application to first session
All mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counselling
The whole country2 5571 6419166 0094 6471 3627 3066 3109964 1013 838263
 
Region East6934932002 3061 7665402 7942 3914031 2871 23651
Region South7433873561 3241 0203041 3551 24211378477113
Region West3702041669867492371 6541 3493051 080928152
Region Middle39726013778756722091876115750145645
Region North3542975760654561585567184494472

Table 21 
Completed mediations by sessions, mediation authority and region.

Completed mediations by sessions, mediation authority and region.
2016
Mediations completed after 1 hourMediations completed after 2-4 hoursMediations completed after 5-7 hours
All mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counselling
The whole country11 5209 8561 6646 9485 3811 5671 5211 215306
 
Region East4 2383 6815572 2821 756526556445111
Region South2 3972 0003971 4901 15133931926950
Region West2 3351 9453901 4391 05338632323984
Region Middle1 4301 20122996969527420815256
Region North1 1201 02991768726421151105

Table 22 
Completed mediations, by time of mediation, mediation authority and region.

Completed mediations, by time of mediation, mediation authority and region.
2016
0-2 months from first session to completed mediation2-6 months from first session to completed mediationMore than 6 months from first session to completed mediation
All mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counsellingAll mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counselling
The whole country16 04813 1662 8822 7612 1785831 1811 10972
 
Region East5 6394 7558841 04975029939338211
Region South3 4102 663747490455353083044
Region West3 2682 59067858843315524021327
Region Middle2 1481 6884603322587412610125
Region North1 5831 470113302282201141095

Table 23 
Completed mediations by external mediations authority, by type of counsellor and county.

Completed mediations by external mediations authority, by type of counsellor and county.
2016
TotalPriestSocial- and healhinstitutionsPedagogic or psychologic servicesPsychiatristPsychologisLawyer
The whole country3 5371021 3625703351 681
Østfold74..........74
Akershus322620002258
Oslo706000023683
Hedmark640000640
Oppland2800001612
Buskerud132150250092
Vestfold209001300196
Telemark149312900017
Aust-Agder5601000046
Vest-Agder2400116000124
Rogaland39901530016383
Hordaland461045110000
Sogn og Fjordane0000000
Møre og Romsdal16300006796
Sør-Trøndelag30403040000
Nord-Trøndelag920920000
Nordland5922370000
Troms - Romsa580517000
Finnmark - Finnmárku210192000

About the statistics

The statistics provide an overview of cases dealt with by the family counselling offices. This includes figures on family counselling service cases and mediations for parents, clinical groups, man-years and outreach/external activities.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Family counselling service case: a journal number is created for every client unit that the family counselling service works with. Client unit is defined as all persons involved in the same case or subject, for example couples, families or individuals. If another counsellor is brought in, and for instance gives one of the parties a different course of counselling on an individual basis, this is defined as a separate case and is given a new journal number. It is considered appropriate to establish a separate case in such cases even where the same counsellor is dealing with both the couple’s case and the individual’s case. Cases that are completed may be reopened within 6 months of the last contact. Where more than 6 months has elapsed, a new journal number must be created. In the event that a client makes contact again within the 6 month time limit, but this time because of another problem (e.g. first marital problems and then cooperation in connection with a child), a new journal must also be created. Conversations with children within the framework of mediation are not to be registered as a journal. When the mediation is completed, any follow-up/subsequent conversations are registered as a journal.

A case must have at least one counselling session during the year in order to be included in the statistics.

Primary client: the person who makes initial contact with the office is registered as the primary client. If the case relates to, for example, a couple, and both attend the counselling session, the person who made initial contact is regarded as the primary client and the other person is regarded as the main interlocutor. If the person who makes contact is a child under 18, he/she is regarded as a primary client and any parents or other parties participating in meetings are regarded as interlocutors. Where the mother/father contacts the office in connection with a case that, for example, deals with a child’s substance abuse, the mother/father is registered as the primary client and the child as the main interlocutor.

Topics in the meetings: the primary client’s main reason for contacting the family counselling service is registered. The topics discussed in the counselling sessions during the year are also registered. As from 2008, there are 15 different topics that can be registered. Table 1 shows the primary client’s main reason for contact, and only one alternative can be registered here. Table 9 shows all topics that have been covered since the case was created, and several topics can be registered for each case here. These definitions are changed from 2013.

Clinical groups: Groups created by family counselling offices, with a reason for treatment. Participants in these groups have a client status. This differs from courses and groups organised for the public, which is part of the family counselling offices’ external activities.

Cause of enquiry: Following the re-adjustment of the statistics in 2013, the number of categories for the cause of enquiry has been reduced to four main categories, based on what the main client states as the reason for making contact. Instead, more detailed information is collected on the main subject of the cases.

Main subject: From 2013, data is collected on the main topic/main subject of the family counselling. The executive officer selects the main subject based on the main focus in the cases from the case officer’s point of view.

Main actions in the counseling: the measures that the counselor considers to be the most important in the case are registered here. This should be viewed in conjunction with who has been involved in the meetings. Although the client specifies a topic in relation to his/her partner as the most important reason for contacting the office, the main action may be individual meetings.

Employee: all employees in the county authority family counselling service are registered; full-time and part-time employees, specialists, office personnel and administration personnel. Part-time employees are converted to full-time equivalents (FTEs). Where temporary staff are brought in as cover for permanent staff, the education of the temporary staff is registered as opposed to that of the person on leave. This definition is changed from 2013. (See Man-Years)

Man-Years: A new definition of man-years was introduced in the family counselling statistics in 2013. The man-years corresponds to the sum of the number of full-time employees and part-time employees converted to full-time equivalents, excluding man-years lost due to sickness absence and parental leave. Man-years cover agreed working hours.

Outreach activities: all measures that the family counselling service has implemented during the reporting year are included. The number of measures implemented by the office during the reporting year and the total number of FTEs are registered. Outreach activities are made up of: Groups for the public; Relationship enhancement courses; Other measures for users; Information/guidance of students; Consultation/guidance of the support service; Courses/information of the support service; Information to the media.

Mediation

The number of mediation cases completed in the relevant year by government-approved family counselling offices and external mediators under the provisions of the Marriage Act and Children Act. Mediation cases started at the end of the year that have not yet been completed are included in the statistics the following year. Mediation is mandatory for married couples with children under 16 upon separation/divorce (Marriage Act) and for cohabitees with children under 16 who separate (Children Act). Parents with children under 16 must also attend mediation before proceedings can be initiated concerning parental responsibility, the child’s permanent residence and access arrangements. This is registered in the mediation statistics as mediation according to the Children Act. The court may refer the parents for further mediation, which is registered in the statistics as returned from court system. The purpose of mediation is for parents to reach agreement on parental responsibility, the child’s permanent residence and access arrangements.

Mediators

Family counselling offices and external mediators. The county administrator is responsible for ensuring that a competent mediation service is in place, and for granting mediation licences.

Fom 1 January 2008 onwards, Bufetat (the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs) appoints external mediators as needed; for example, lawyers, priests, social workers, psychologists or others within health and social education. (See "Regulations for mediation by the Marriage Act and the Children Act", § 3 and § 4).

Mediation licences are given to a named individual, and are tied to his/her position and workplace.

Mediation for parents is carried out by qualified professionals in government-approved family counselling offices. External mediators who have been granted a mediation licence are also entitled to work in this field. External mediators are qualified professionals employed by public health and social welfare agencies or the Educational and Psychological Counselling Service (PPT) (e.g. social workers, child welfare officers, psychologists, health visitors), priests or pastors in registered religious communities, as well as psychologists, psychiatrists and solicitors in private practice.

Standard classifications

Not relevant

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Family counselling service
Topic: Social conditions, welfare and crime

Responsible division

Division for Social Welfare Statistics

Regional level

The family counselling statistics are published at office level, county level and regional level.

Until the end of 2003, family counselling services were undertaken by the county authorities. Responsibility for these services was transferred to the central government on 1 January 2004. Administrative responsibility lies with the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir). The Directorate is organised into five regions that deal with the production of the services.

The mediation statistics are a part of the reporting on family counselling. Until 2007, this work was administered by the county administrators. Since 2008, the regional offices for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat) have been responsible for reporting the mediation statistics to Statistics Norway, and the statistics are still reported and published at county level.

Frequency and timeliness

Annual. Final figures are normally published in September/October.

International reporting

Not relevant

Microdata

Data collected is stored by the Division for social welfare statistics. The Division for public finance is responsible for the accounts figures. Submission of data in addition to published material is in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion and Statistics Norway.

Background

Background and purpose

The family counselling service has been available to families and individuals with a need for advice and treatment in connection with problems and crisis situations since 1958. There are currently 52 family counselling offices.

In 1990, overall responsibility for family counselling was transferred from the Norwegian Directorate of Health to the then Ministry of Children and Families. The Family Counselling Offices Act was introduced in 1998, at which point the Ministry transferred administrative responsibility for the service to the county authorities. During this period, the Ministry approached Statistics Norway and the work on family counselling statistics was initiated. In conjunction with central government’s takeover of the family counselling service in 2004, the administrative responsibility was transferred to the new Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir).

Prior to the county authorities assuming administrative responsibility, the family counselling offices were either run by central government or the church. The administrative structure was not standardised at that time, and the offices had different framework conditions, which has led to varying content in the service over time and in relation to ownership structure. These conditions were partly why the then Ministry of Children and Families wanted to review and restructure the service. Even after the government takeover, a distinction is made in family counselling between governmental and church family counselling offices. The church offices are independent units with an operating agreement with the regions.

Families and couples are the key target groups in the family counselling service, but individuals can also apply for help. The family counselling offices’ work is described in the legislation as clinical work/case work, preventive work and mediation for parents.

Mandatory mediation in connection with separation or divorce for all married parents with children under 16 was introduced on 1 January 1993. Mediation is also mandatory for parents who want to contest parental responsibility, the child’s permanent residence or access arrangements with the county administrator or in the courts. In 2007, mandatory mediation was also introduced for cohabitees with children under 16 who separate. The family counselling service carries out most of the mediation work, but other county bodies can also carry out mediation. As from the statistical year 2007, mediation statistics are excluded from the family counselling statistics that are presented in this area, and are published as separate statistics: Mediation for parents. With effect from 2014, statistics on the family counselling service and mediation for parents were merged into one single statistic.

Users and applications

The most important users of the family counselling statistics are the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Bufdir, state governing bodies, research institutions, the media and students. The statistics can be used as control information within public planning, education and in public debate.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

The statistics are part of the central government accounts.

The family counselling service also carry out work on mediation for parents, and these mediation cases are excluded from the cases that are published in the family counselling area. The mediation statistics have been published as a separate statistics since 2007. With effect from 2014, statistics on the family counselling service and mediation for parents were merged into one single statistic.

Legal authority

Statistics Act of 16 June 1989 no. 54, Section 2-2.

Family Counselling Offices Act of 19 June 1997 no. 62, Section 8.

The purpose of mediation is stipulated in Section 26 of the Marriage Act of 4 July 1991 no. 47 and Section 52 of the Children Act of 8 April 1981 no. 6.

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

The family counselling service’s individual statistics are based on data from all cases that the family counselling offices have worked on during the reporting year, both in the public owned family counselling offices, and in the church family counselling offices. The statistics contain information on who has contacted the family counselling office, the client’s most important reason for making contact, and what topics are touched on during the course of the case.

The statistics on Man-years in the family counselling service are given in summary form, and employees are registered in the statistics by education. Vacancies are also covered in the statistics. Man-years and vacancies give a picture of the situation as at 31 December.

The mediation statistics are compiled based on all mediation cases that family counselling offices and external mediators have worked on and completed during the year of reporting.

The mediation statistics contain information on how many mediation cases were completed during the year, the reason for mediation and the legal basis, the waiting time from application to first appointment, and the amount of time spent on each mediation case.

Data sources and sampling

The statistics are based on reporting from the family counselling offices in the individual regions. The reporting includes information on the individual cases that are registered at the family counselling office during the statistical year, in accordance with the guidelines in the legislation on family counselling offices. Information is also given on employees and the outreach service. Data is collected by means of annual submission of electronic data. Accounting figures are reported from Bufdir to the Division for public finance in Statistics Norway.

The statistics are based on a full count from the respondents.

The mediation statistics up to 2008 are based on reporting from the county administrators in the individual counties. The reporting includes information on all mediation carried out at the family counselling offices and by external mediators. The reported data are aggregated based on the data Bufdir collects from the family counselling offices and external mediators.

Since 2008, mediators have reported quarterly to Bufetat (the regions), and this reporting is summarised before being sent to Statistics Norway.

The statistics are based on a full count from the respondents.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Electronics forms and file extractions are used for family counselling reporting. The client statistics are reported as file extractions from the family counselling offices’ internal data systems. Before being sent, the data is encrypted in a conversion program, which is available on Statistics Norway’s website. Personnel data is reported by the family counselling offices on electronic forms. Accounting figures are reported by Bufdir to the Division for public finance.

Before being sent, the client statistics are checked in a program that can be found on Statistics Norway’s website. Statistics Norway also runs the program on file extractions it receives. Preliminary tables and key figures, as well as error tables, are sent to the relevant family counselling office. The family counselling offices check that data is correct. The error tables are dealt with and returned to Statistics Norway for revision, which is carried out prior to final publishing. The electronic forms that are used for the personnel statistics contain a range of fixed controls. When Statistics Norway receives the data, new controls are carried out. Corrections to any errors in the reporting are made after consultation with the relevant respondent.

The data are published at two levels; as basic data and key figures. The basic data is mainly calculated by counting the number of cases with a specific characteristic. Key figures are ratios created from the basic data.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

The former county authority child welfare and family counselling service was taken over by central government on 1 January 2004. Since data is now reported at regional level instead of county level, there will be a break in the time series as from 2004. Data at county level from pre-2004 is still available in KOSTRA and the web page for this area. Together with the first year of publication for the statistics (2004), the family counselling data for 2003 will be aggregated up to regional level. With regard to accounts data, the break in time series is due to different accounting principles being applied in the state and municipal accounts (cash flow accounting and accruals principle respectively).

Mediation was made mandatory in 2007 for cohabitants with children under 16 who separate. The mediation statistics were restructured in this year and a separate area was created for the publishing of mediation statistics: http://www.ssb.no/meklingfam/

The responsibility for mediation was transferred from the county administrators to the regions in 2008.

The family counselling statistics have been re-adjusted with effect from the 2013 figures. There is new information about the main topic of the cases, client groups in family counselling and man-years in family counselling. Man-years are now collected from Statistics Norway's registers, and no longer via electronic forms. This has led to the introduction of a new definition of man-years from 2013. For outreach activities in family counselling, figures are collected from the family counselling offices’ computers systems, instead of from electronic forms.

There is a re-adjustment of the statistics on mediations for parents with effect from the 2014 figures. The change is that the form has been expanded to capture information on children's participation in mediation cases, the result of issues with regard to agreements and results in these cases, and whether notes of concern are sent or not. With effect from 2014, statistics on the family counselling service and mediation for parents were merged into one single statistic.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

It is difficult for Statistics Norway to identify certain types of errors, for example where the number of family counselling cases and/or time spent is too low or too high. In such cases, the offices themselves, based on the unrevised table material sent to the offices, contact Statistics Norway to correct the errors.

Some of the reporting may include questions that have not been answered, or data that is inaccurate or contradicts other data. Information that is not given to Statistics Norway will be referred to as Unspecified in the published statistics. Even after the checks are completed, there may still be errors in parts of the material on which the statistics are based. The offices and Statistics Norway check the figures prior to final publication

Revision

Not relevant

Contact

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