Largest increase since 1993 in children receiving child welfare measures
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Largest increase since 1993 in children receiving child welfare measures

Almost 50 000 children received measures from the Child Welfare Services in 2010; an increase of more than 7 per cent compared to 2009. In total figures, this amounted to almost 3 300 children, resulting in the largest rise since 1993 when the new Child Welfare Act was passed by parliament.

Children with measures from the Child Welfare Services. Assistance and care measures. 1993- 2010

Of all the children that received measures from the Child Welfare Services in 2010, the majority, around 84 per cent, received assistance measures. The remaining 16 per cent received care measures, which have a higher degree of intervention, and a total of more than 8 000 children were in this category in 2010. The use of these two main categories of measures has gone through a pronounced change over the years. In 1993 the care measures covered 29 per cent1 of the total use of measures, as mentioned this share is 16 per cent in 2010. There are two explanations for this, first there has been a clear shift during these 18 years to focus more on using assistance measures in the child welfare services, and second that the Child Welfare Services have expanded the type of assistance measures that they offer.

Parents main initiators of investigation cases

In 2010 almost 32 900 investigation cases were initiated, which is an increase of 2 700, or 9 per cent since 2009. Parents took the initiative for investigation in more than 13 per cent of the cases in 2010. This is only marginally more than the categories schools and Child Welfare Services and Police. All together these three categories took the initiative in more than 50 per cent of the investigation cases. The most important reason for investigations in 2010 is by far conditions in the home. This category is set as the reason for more than 55 per cent of the investigations.

Children with measures from the Child Welfare Services during the year per 1 000 children, by age groups. 2008-2010

Advice and guidance most used measure

Investigation cases can result in children receiving measures from the Child Welfare Services. There are 28 categories of measures in this statistics, and in 2010 the most commonly used was advice and guidance, covering around 34 per cent of the children receiving measures. Two categories that also have high shares are visit home and economic assistance, both having a share of more than 21 per cent. It is worth noting that the measures just mentioned and which are most commonly used are all assistance measures.

Teenagers receive most measures

In 2010, children aged 13-17 have the highest degree of measures received in the child and youth population, more than 50 per 1 000 children in this age category receive child welfare measures. A closer look at the total figures for the same year reveals that there are 16 466 children in the age category 13-17 receiving child welfare services.

Children 0-17 years with measures from the Child Welfare Services at the close of 2009 and 2010 per 1 000 children 0-17 years. County. 2009 and 2010

More measures for boys than girls

As in previous years, there are more boys than girls receiving assistance from the child welfare service; in total 27 400 boys and 22 400 girls received assistance in 2010.

Thousands of new children receive child welfare services

In 2010 there were 13 700 children with child welfare measures who were not registered in these statistics the previous year, meaning that they were new children for the Child Welfare Services. This figure has increased by almost 8 per cent since 2009. The new children received almost only assistance measures, with a share of 96 per cent.

More money to the Child Welfare Services

The total expenditure for the municipal Child Welfare Services climbed with NOK 930 million from 2009, and totalled almost NOK 7.7 billion in 2010. By the end of 2010 the Child Welfare Services consisted of 3 526 work years; an increase of 111 work years compared to 2009 and a rise of more than 3 per cent.