Increased activity due to lone juvenile asylum-seekers
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Children’s institutions2009



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Increased activity due to lone juvenile asylum-seekers

The statistics for children’s institutions in 2009 show a decrease in activity in ordinary institutions, while institutional services connected to lone juvenile asylum-seekers increased sharply. At the same time there was a shift from acute stays to care stays.

There were a total of 1 868 beds in children’s institutions as per 31 December 2009; an increase of 18 beds from 2008. This figure is explained by an increase in beds at care centres for lone juvenile asylum-seekers from 69 to 120. The increased activity directed towards the latter group is in reality even larger, as private care centres are not yet included in the number of beds.

The institutions’ operating expenditure exceeded NOK 3.8 billion in 2009; NOK 384 million more than in 2008. Operating expenditure per bed-day was NOK 6 600, and the stays were about NOK 2 000 more expensive in state institutions than in private institutions.

There were 1 545 children institutionalised as per 31 December 2009. The number of bed-days during the year was 575 000, up 25 000 from the previous year, due to an increase in bed-days for lone juvenile asylum-seekers of 44 000. Acute stays accounted for 9 per cent of total stays, down from 12 per cent the year before. Three out of four acute stays took place in public institutions. Care stays, which also include lone juvenile asylum-seekers, accounted for 40 per cent and are now the largest group. By the end of 2009, 84 per cent of the total number of resident children were aged 13 years or more, and there were more boys institutionalised than girls (more than 60 per cent boys).

The number of man-years in the institutions increased by 1.5 per cent to a total of 4 830, and this is also explained by the increase in lone juvenile asylum-seekers.

Ideal and other private institutions: Ideal institutions are owned by organisations with an exclusively ideal purpose, and all profits are transferred back to this purpose.

Administrative expenditure and man-years are treated somewhat differently in private and public institutions.

Acute, behavioural, voluntary and care stays in institutions are defined according to the Act relating to child welfare services.

Data by ownership and region: In the tables below, data are presented according to ownership. Data according to region are published in StatBank.

Links to more statistics on child welfare:

Municipal child welfare: http://www.ssb.no/barneverng/

National child welfare: http://www.ssb.no/bave_statres/