A case that concerns you and your child will be discussed in a dialogue process, if you agree to this. This method is an alternative to a negotiation meeting and is based on dialogue between the parties in the case.

The board chair and an expert member will represent the county social welfare board and assist you during the dialogue. You will sit around a table and try to determine whether it is possible to arrive at a voluntary resolution, which must be in the best interests of the child. You will be able to discuss whatever is important to you, as well as your wishes for your child’s future.  Your child may also participate in the dialogue meeting. If so, a person of trust must accompany the child.

Meetings at the board usually start at  9 am and continue until around 12 noon, with breaks. The meeting may result in an agreement on voluntary arrangements, such as trying assistance measures for a certain period. The process may also result in an agreement on a care order in the best interests of the child. The board chair will make a decision in this case. A meeting may also end without reaching an agreement. The case would then be sent to a negotiation meeting.

Children have the right to voice their opinions before the county social welfare board. This may either occur through a spokesperson, or by allowing a child to speak directly to those who work at the county social welfare board.

If you have any questions about the board case, you can either talk to your lawyer or call the county social welfare board. Here you can find the contact information to the various boards.