Less children in institutions - more acute stays
Social conditions, welfare and crime
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Children’s institutions2011



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Less children in institutions - more acute stays

The number of bed-days in children’s institutions fell by nearly 49 800 from 2010 to 2011. The decline is spread throughout all kinds of institutions; 6 per cent down in state-owned institutions, 14 per cent in ideal institutions and 11 per cent in other private institutions. Almost half of the decline is due to fewer lone juvenile asylum seekers in Norway in 2011.

There were 1 323 children institutionalised as per 31 December 2011, compared with 1 425 in 2010.

The institutions’ operating expenditure amounted to NOK 3.8 billion in 2011; 1.0 per cent less than in 2010. Operating expenditure per bed-day was NOK 7 600. Stays in state institutions are about NOK 300 more expensive than this on average.

Number of bed-days in children’s institutions, by ownership. 2008-2011.

Acute stays accounted for 14 per cent of total stays, which is an increase from 11 per cent in 2010. Seven out of ten acute stays took place in public institutions. Of all stays, care stays (which also include lone juvenile asylum seekers) were the most common (34 per cent).

Bed-days for lone juvenile asylum seekers made up 10 per cent of the total, compared to 13 per cent the previous year. The state institutions’ share of this, however, increased from 72 to 95 per cent.

At the end of 2011, 86 per cent of all resident children were aged 13 years or more, and there were more boys institutionalised than girls (57 per cent boys).

The number of man-years in the institutions is 4 878 in 2011; the same as in 2010. Women accounted for 59 per cent of the man-years.

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 Child Welfare Act.

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:

Child Welfare Services

National child welfare