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29 646

new family counselling cases in 2017

New cases in Family counselling services, by the primary clients sex, region, average waiting time per new cases and average duration per closed cases.
2017
New cases
Both sexes29 646
Males9 919
Females19 727
 
Region East10 643
Region South6 097
Region West4 868
Region Middle4 043
Region North3 995
 
Average waiting time per case (days)25
Average duration per case145

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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.
2017
Both sexesMalesFemalesRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Total29 6469 91919 72710 6436 0974 8684 0433 995
Relationship12 5184 1068 4124 6542 5972 2141 7781 275
Parental collaboration/guidance11 7334 1667 5674 0032 5811 7051 6261 818
Other/complex problems in the family4 0761 2902 7861 426711715535689
Help for children and youth1 319357962560208234104213

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

New cases, by period of waiting, region and county.
2017
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 6469 95910 7366 8381 88417356..25
 
Region East10 6433 8043 6682 3457536013..25
Region South6 0971 9442 3381 516268247..24
Region West4 8681 4031 7091 2044726317..30
Region Middle4 0431 0061 7221 0382481712..27
Region North3 9951 8021 29973514397..20
 
Østfold2 0381 0656972343615..16
Akershus3 3841 2201 251613271263..25
Oslo3 3901 0421 038978306224..28
Hedmark1 48732757746411081..29
Oppland34415010556303....23
Buskerud1 540426542466988....27
Vestfold1 4153786803064821..24
Telemark1 0303163642845574..26
Aust-Agder7773222241903542..23
Vest-agder1 335502528270323....20
Rogaland2 03959176855711274..26
Hordaland2 0424886085363445313..38
Sogn og Fjordane787324333111163....18
Møre og Romsdal1 5114906333116845..24
Sør-Trøndelag1 687344657522148115..31
Nord-Trøndelag8451724322053222..26
Nordland1 6545926143736465..23
Troms - Romsa1 5337754392625331..18
Finnmark - Finnmárku80843524610026..1..17

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

Family counselling services, closed cases, by duration, region and county.
2017
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 country27 00311 0929 0154 5461 394956..145
 
Region East9 9014 0743 2571 697517356..148
Region South5 6242 2921 898937321176..141
Region West4 3111 5041 445868265229..174
Region Middle3 3941 3491 193546168138..150
Region North3 7731 8731 22249812357..107
 
Østfold1 9051 0275692046540..105
Akershus3 2131 3651 040532158118..142
Oslo3 0961 0671 076631187135..173
Hedmark1 4015104762738953..163
Oppland28610596571810..149
Buskerud1 39446247927311961..170
Vestfold1 3284954842298337..144
Telemark9383703261674332..142
Aust-Agder7113292101143226..136
Vest-agder1 2536363991544420..106
Rogaland1 9216966713779087..159
Hordaland1 708487569389141122..208
Sogn og Fjordane6823212051023420..134
Møre og Romsdal1 4075474852516856..151
Sør-Trøndelag1 1834434401816554..156
Nord-Trøndelag8043592681143528..140
Nordland1 5137285122094123..110
Troms - Romsa1 5747974822066425..107
Finnmark - Finnmárku68634822883189..101

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

Family counselling services, counselling sessions, by region and county.1
2017
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 country189 657124 848114 72457 60821 3248 1691 1851 47843497293123 07110 3174.93.2
 
Region East67 96444 84041 52222 7287 4033 1494925341841510844 3383 5104.93.3
Region South35 40725 06423 09711 4594 9541 84721831675305924 5592 4704.53.2
Region West40 23324 63722 26711 7563 0991 44427936968154124 3292 1616.13.7
Region Middle27 97517 12315 6597 3873 34594715310663194416 7451 7095.23.2
Region North18 07813 18412 1794 2782 5237824315344184113 1004673.72.7
 
Østfold9 9437 0196 6133 1491 1675676968407106 9485064.02.8
Akershus19 94713 79712 7987 0782 523936941311813113 6521 0864.63.2
Oslo26 58216 23014 9338 9862 2361 1342302048173916 0241 4765.83.6
Hedmark8 9466 0255 5322 9281 250458946218..285 9634004.63.1
Oppland2 5461 7691 6465872275456927....1 751426.04.1
Buskerud9 8406 7726 2483 3981 636549623663146 5995754.93.4
Vestfold8 7566 2255 5962 6751 349496551552611176 1364784.73.4
Telemark6 0174 2283 9121 91584932333318..164 1614304.63.2
Aust-Agder4 5093 0212 7761 4424862273046191032 9923684.43.0
Vest-agder6 2854 8184 5652 029634252384816694 6716193.93.0
Rogaland14 7329 2828 4244 9861 46663193226252139 1705495.43.4
Hordaland20 22911 95610 5465 7661 2336771647928132511 8028357.14.2
Sogn og Fjordane5 2723 3993 2971 004400136226415..33 3577775.23.4
Møre og Romsdal10 8606 9966 3452 7811 196404685425966 8835815.43.5
Sør-Trøndelag12 2547 0346 5303 4421 4543277539319196 8346195.23.0
Nord-Trøndelag4 8613 0932 7841 164695216101371193 0285094.62.9
Nordland7 1455 2514 8921 7871 09022615461711155 2261073.62.6
Troms - Romsa7 4275 3324 8181 7419214062069183225 2862353.92.8
Finnmark - Finnmárku3 5062 6012 4697505121508389442 5881253.62.7

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

Family counselling services, by status per 31 December, region and county.
2017
Total casesCases closed : In agreement with the clientCases closed : client failed to appearCases not closed in statistic year
The whole country38 50419 3217 68211 501
 
Region East13 7517 0512 8503 850
Region South7 8334 0491 5752 209
Region West6 6142 9551 3562 303
Region Middle5 4222 4119832 028
Region North4 8842 8559181 111
 
Østfold2 4891 368537584
Akershus4 3062 3129011 093
Oslo4 5682 1299671 472
Hedmark1 9611 052349560
Oppland42719096141
Buskerud2 019984410625
Vestfold1 856967361528
Telemark1 319699239381
Aust-Agder1 023505206312
Vest-agder1 616894359363
Rogaland2 7401 372549819
Hordaland2 8631 0856231 155
Sogn og Fjordane1 011498184329
Møre og Romsdal2 024999408617
Sør-Trøndelag2 3378143691 154
Nord-Trøndelag1 061598206257
Nordland2 0021 087426489
Troms - Romsa1 9021 245329328
Finnmark - Finnmárku980523163294

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.
2017
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 country38 50415 36410 1512 26910 720....
 
Region East13 7515 9363 5258553 435....
Region South7 8333 0272 2514962 059....
Region West6 6142 8391 5124321 831....
Region Middle5 4222 2231 5532231 423....
Region North4 8841 3391 3102631 972....
 
Østfold2 489833631182843....
Akershus4 3061 9401 1422241 000....
Oslo4 5682 2271 041322978....
Hedmark1 96183563393400....
Oppland4271017834214....
Buskerud2 019814717108380....
Vestfold1 856707599149401....
Telemark1 31955836193307....
Aust-Agder1 02338924277315....
Vest-agder1 61655933269656....
Rogaland2 7401 318714143565....
Hordaland2 8631 242600218803....
Sogn og Fjordane1 01127919871463....
Møre og Romsdal2 02474251785680....
Sør-Trøndelag2 3371 09569793452....
Nord-Trøndelag1 06138633945291....
Nordland2 00255656888790....
Troms - Romsa1 902546445120791....
Finnmark - Finnmárku98023729755391....

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.
2017
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 country236 877154 76918 71811 0625 4622 821441..6.24.0
 
Region East86 56556 2006 6113 9371 9841 054165..6.34.1
Region South44 22031 1363 8562 1911 14656674..5.64.0
Region West48 72829 9922 8391 9631 068643101..7.44.5
Region Middle36 26422 0592 5811 61178436977..6.74.1
Region North21 10015 3822 8311 36048018924..4.33.1
 
Østfold11 2837 9121 51359624611222..4.53.2
Akershus25 15217 1002 0691 28661229643..5.84.0
Oslo34 64320 5701 9741 32376444760..7.64.5
Hedmark12 0748 28289060529514724..6.24.2
Oppland3 4132 336165127675216..8.05.5
Buskerud11 1057 5621 00362026012412..5.53.7
Vestfold12 3728 79373757834416631..6.74.7
Telemark7 5255 26963935620610711..5.74.0
Aust-Agder5 5033 629548279125665..5.43.5
Vest-agder7 7155 88392935821110315..4.83.6
Rogaland16 79410 5441 32581438919418..6.13.8
Hordaland24 95514 8381 07485552434664..8.75.2
Sogn og Fjordane6 9794 61044029415510319..6.94.6
Møre og Romsdal13 9548 94889261430617834..6.94.4
Sør-Trøndelag15 4078 7881 17768132213522..6.63.8
Nord-Trøndelag6 9034 3235123161565621..6.54.1
Nordland8 7866 4111 161551198848..4.43.2
Troms - Romsa8 2555 9511 0975401797511..4.33.1
Finnmark - Finnmárku4 0593 020573269103305..4.13.1

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.
2017
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Sex
Both sexes38 50413 7517 8336 6145 4224 884
Males12 7714 5432 6282 1281 7581 714
Females25 7339 2085 2054 4863 6643 170
 
Age
Less than 25 years1 877527395319248388
25-34 years10 5613 3222 2571 8261 6201 536
35-44 years16 0075 9523 2432 7992 2361 777
45-54 years8 2153 2931 5921 3761 016938
55 years or older1 844657346294302245
Unknown age000000
 
Marital status
Married/partnership contracted13 1084 9732 5982 6231 6601 254
Separated2 446919586409272260
Divorced3 7591 450996676296341
Widow/widower1254221282014
Unmarried19 0666 3673 6322 8783 1743 015
Unknowwn marital status000000
Cohabitation11 1763 9972 0751 7821 7271 595
Not in a live-in relationship14 7885 0333 2332 3242 0842 114
Unknown marital status000000
 
Status regarding employment
Working full time (Employee or self-employed)26 9579 8575 2554 4913 9623 392
Working part time3 7241 260864710520370
Job applicant7272581611468280
Student1 813585386337193312
Birth leave1 402531281260170160
Other income from NAV3 5731 153805631454530
Without income30810781394140

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

Family counselling services, and topics in all cases. Total and Region.
2017
Both sexesMalesFemalesRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Strengthen the relationship14 7034 7759 9285 4312 8662 8292 1461 431
Clarify/end the relationship9 3233 1166 2073 3761 8741 8441 317912
Separation in the family3 7521 1762 5761 256740784449523
Interaction difficulty8 2902 6635 6272 9011 7571 676975981
Childs experience of cirumstances of own life6 3731 8754 4982 2131 3361 187753884
Childs situation in parental conflict3 9831 2962 6871 280917788488510
Permanent residence / access arrangements6 0002 1903 8101 8331 3758658241 103
Parental role8 8692 6996 1703 0601 8571 7181 0861 148
Parent-child relation8 3332 5055 8282 8191 6481 7589631 145
Multi-generation problems1 9295371 392633354422298222
Collaboration of child/children (parents do not cohabite)12 7444 4648 2804 2732 7021 9111 9511 907
Child of another bed and/or new family1 6045201 084529311287245232
Cultural or minority problems97733264540317518483132
Forced marriage727654751235
Drug addictions1 454455999447308271193235
Illness or operability problems4 0821 2552 8271 315773873563558
Physical/psychological violence and/or sexual abuse4 6701 4923 1781 413932919637769
Other serious incident4 5571 4483 1091 405910961554727

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.
2017
Groups
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Total27511465443616
Relationship7440181141
Separation in the family135512928207
Violence/abuse521914577
Other serious incident1123051
Cultural or minority problems321000
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.
2017
Groups
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Children younger than 18 years1314431
Family482415603
Individual1364727222812
Couples7842191250

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

Groups in family counseling, by extent. The whole contry and Region.
2017
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Completed group meetings during the year3 2141 649725316364160
Completed group meetings since establishment3 5531 802817347423164
Hours spent in groups during the year7 4453 3991 7518111 052432
Hours spent in groups since establishment8 4933 9311 9988731 243448
Participants in the group during the year2 3101 08658926027699
Participants in the group since establishment2 3501 101594269286100
Average number of meatings per group during the year12141171010
Average number of meatings per group since establishment13161381210
Average hours spent per group during the year273027182927
Average hours spent per group since establishment313431203528
Average number of participants in the group during the year8109686
Average number of participants in the group since establishment9109686

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

Closed cases by main topic. The whole contry and Region.
2017
Both sexesMalesFemalesRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Total27 0039 05517 9489 9015 6244 3113 3943 773
Strengthen the relationship6 4212 0814 3402 3851 2861 143920687
Clarify/end the relationship3 2901 0932 1971 283673564401369
Separation in the family89630858828421412996173
Interaction difficulty1 5114701 041657276224140214
Childs experience of cirumstances of own life1 018231787379190167127155
Childs situation in parental conflict4941533411661111084762
Permanent residence / access arrangements2 2609291 331694547277286456
Parental role1 08132875343720122688129
Parent-child relation1 06530675940219920386175
Multi-generation problems3707329713062676150
Collaboration of child/children (parents do not cohabite)6 0362 1743 8622 1491 365782853887
Child of another bed and/or new family218711479434332532
Cultural or minority problems85295639171748
Forced marriage1511491401
Drug addictions13640964725242218
Illness or operability problems3519325814442614559
Physical/psychological violence and/or sexual abuse1 019424595360224150128157
Other serious incident73725148624215713265141

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.
2017
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Groups without therapeutic treatment1 932478132924234164
Relationship enhancement courses592152179179811
Other measures for users2 9222 006317212115272
Information/guidance of students1633147491521
Consultation/guidance of the support service2 685824379684454344
Courses/information of the support service2 313634614271492302
Information to the media2251162318932
Supervision455121611763562

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.
2017
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
Total education505.6135.1370.4178.941.0137.9100.228.671.6107.927.980.068.322.246.150.215.434.8
Social worker and child welfare officer198.759.0139.749.911.638.345.418.526.951.012.738.331.610.820.820.85.415.4
Psychologist131.338.692.770.021.248.818.54.514.020.84.616.214.56.87.77.51.56.0
Other health care education, college or university level81.526.055.626.16.219.916.75.611.116.27.29.012.64.08.610.03.07.0
Other education, college or university level28.37.520.98.11.07.17.60.07.67.93.54.41.80.01.83.03.00.0
Upper secondary education33.01.531.613.20.013.27.50.07.56.00.06.02.00.02.04.41.52.9
Below upper secondary education, including unknown education32.82.730.111.71.010.74.50.04.56.20.06.25.80.65.24.61.13.5

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.
2017
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
All occupations505.6135.1370.4178.941.0137.9100.228.671.6107.927.980.068.322.246.150.215.434.8
Managers42.817.825.011.85.06.811.65.66.06.22.04.26.02.04.07.23.24.0
Professionals178.846.9132.185.720.765.024.66.518.144.211.432.817.06.810.27.51.56.0
Technicians and associate professionals260.168.9191.177.515.362.258.816.542.349.713.636.142.012.829.232.010.721.3
Clerical support workers17.10.017.13.60.03.64.10.04.14.80.04.82.30.02.32.30.02.3
Service and sales workers0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Elementary occupations4.90.74.30.30.00.31.10.01.11.30.01.31.00.60.41.30.11.2
Unspecified or unidentifiable occupations1.81.00.80.00.00.00.00.00.01.81.00.80.00.00.00.00.00.0

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.
2017
The whole countryRegion EastRegion SouthRegion WestRegion MiddleRegion North
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
Total505.6135.1370.4178.941.0137.9100.228.671.6107.927.980.068.322.246.150.215.434.8
Less than 35 years33.110.322.917.45.012.49.22.07.25.12.82.30.40.40.01.10.11.0
35-49 years173.744.4129.362.214.048.237.210.326.941.09.431.619.06.412.614.34.310.0
50 years or older298.780.5218.299.322.077.353.816.337.561.815.746.148.915.433.534.911.123.8

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

Completed meditations, by mediation authority, region and cause of mediation.
2017
All mediation authoritiesFamily officesMediations by external counselling
The whole country19 77615 5094 267
 
Region East6 8875 3011 586
Region South4 1113 189922
Region West4 0873 118969
Region Middle2 6952 126569
Region North1 9961 775221
 
Cause of mediation
Separation/divorce (Marriage Act)6 6555 2121 443
Separations of cohabitants5 9924 8461 146
Mediation applications pursuant to Children Act7 0775 4091 668
Returned from court system (Children Act)524210

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

Completed mediations, by cause of mediation, mediation authority and region.
2017
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 country19 77615 5094 2676 6555 2121 4435 9924 8461 1467 0775 4091 668524210
 
Region East6 8875 3011 5862 5571 9795781 9721 5863862 3441 72462014122
Region South4 1113 1899221 3821 0693131 1839762071 5361 13440210100
Region West4 0873 1189691 3511 0323191 1448572871 5691 21335623167
Region Middle2 6952 126569817645172954760194920717203440
Region North1 9961 7752215484876173966772708621871..1

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.
2017
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 4381 3311 1075 7644 1241 6407 2005 9051 2954 3434 118225
 
Region East6633742892 1071 5036042 7312 1066251 3791 31168
Region South6943153791 2178423751 3361 18415286184516
Region West4352122231 0747283461 5911 26632597990475
Region Middle42323818569949320694380613762358241
Region North223192316675581095995435650147625

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

Completed mediations by sessions, mediation authority and region.
2017
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 country10 8168 7132 1037 3285 4971 8311 6241 291333
 
Region East3 9493 1517982 3801 709671554437117
Region South2 2161 7704461 5381 13640235728374
Region West2 2091 7324771 5321 11341934427173
Region Middle1 4321 1662661 04779225521516748
Region North1 0108941168317478415413321

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

Completed mediations, by time of mediation, mediation authority and region.
2017
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 country15 61312 0423 5712 9042 2816231 2451 17273
 
Region East5 5054 2311 2741 00970830136735611
Region South3 2452 383862544486583223202
Region West3 1882 38580361847414427925722
Region Middle2 1921 7014913703115913011119
Region North1 4831 3421413633026114712819

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.
2017
TotalPriestSocial- and healhinstitutionsPedagogic or psychologic servicesPsychiatristPsychologisLawyer
The whole country4 267881 2556203762 486
Østfold950000095
Akershus367560000311
Oslo917000019898
Hedmark820000820
Oppland12500004679
Buskerud133001300120
Vestfold237002600211
Telemark150513500010
Aust-Agder9501500080
Vest-Agder3070132000175
Rogaland515018300179153
Hordaland4540296000158
Sogn og Fjordane0000000
Møre og Romsdal166000050116
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)31903190000
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)84084000..
Nordland4827210000
Troms - Romsa147049180080
Finnmark - Finnmárku260215000

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

Next release

Responsible division

Division for Health, care and social 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 until 2017, and later the data is stored by the Division for Health, care and social 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