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11 700 new children received assistance
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2008-09-17T10:00:00.000Z
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11 700 new children received assistance

About 42 600 children and youths received assistance from the Norwegian Child Welfare Service during 2007. This is an increase of 5.4 per cent compared with 2006. About 11 700 children were new recipients, an increase of more than 13 per cent from the year before.

More than 80 per cent of those who received assistance got assistance in the form of economic support, or visit homes, kindergarten and people selected to support the child.

About 7 710 or 18 per cent of the children and youths who received assistance, were under the protective care of the Child Welfare Service.

A total of 34.8 per 1 000 children under eighteen received assistance in 2007. There is still more boys than girls receiving assistance from the Child Welfare Service.

An increase in all age groups of children

The number of children and youths who received assistance from the Norwegian Child Welfare Service increased by 2 200 from 2006 to 2007. This is an increase of 5.4 per cent. The number of recipients increased in all age groups of children, but the largest increase took place among children aged 0-5, an increase of 6.2 per cent. For the youngest of these children, the age group 0-2 years, the increase was 10 per cent. The number of teenagers below 18 who got assistance rose by about 800 to a total of 14,300, an increase of 6.0 per cent from 2006.

Children 0-17 years receiving assistance from the Child Welfare Service at the close of  2006 and 2007 per 1 000 children 0-17 years. County. 2006 and 2007

Economic help and visit homes at the top

Out of those who were assisted by the Child Welfare Service in 2007, 29 per cent got economic support. About 25 per cent received assistance in the form of visiting homes, while assistance in the form of foster homes, relief support, supervision and kindergartens were also wide spread.

Pursuant to The Act relating to child welfare services (1993) the county committees for social cases do not have to assume protective care for a child, to place a child outside the home. As a result, there are more children placed outside the home, than there are children under protective care. When a child turns 18, he or she can by definition no longer be under protective care. Even though the person might continue to stay in a foster home, the help he gets is defined as assistance. The number of children placed in foster homes as a type of assistance, has increased each year, from about 300 in 1993 to about 2 090 at the end of 2007. The number of children living in children's homes, as a type of assistance, has also increased in recent years from about 150 in 1993 to about 815 at the end of 2007.

32 700 children received help at the end of the year

About 32700 children and youths received assistance from the Child Welfare Service at the end of 2007. This is an increase of 1900 persons or 6.2 per cent compared with the previous year.. The majority of these children, about 26400, received only assistance, while 6 300 were under protective care. Most of these children under protective care, about 5,550, were placed in foster homes. About 560 children stayed in orphanages and 200 lived in other care outside their home.

Large differences among the counties

At the end of 2007, an average of 27.5 children out of 1000 below 18 received assistance. The corresponding figure for 2006 was 25.9. Møre og Romsdal, Nordland and Telemark are the counties with the highest rate of children under the protection of the Child Welfare Service with more than 32 clients per 1 000 children. The lowest client rate is held by Akershus County. In this county there is only 21 clients per 1 000 children.

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