Purpose and Area of Authority
The Child Welfare Act allows the use of compulsory measures in certain situations where such is necessary. The Child Welfare Tribunal are an official state body instituted to make impartial and independent decisions about such cases. The Child Welfare Tribunal are headed by lawyers who are qualified as judges.
Decisions by the Child Welfare Tribunal are made pursuant to the following Norwegian laws: Barnevernloven is The Child Welfare Act, Helse- og omsorgstjenesteloven is the Act Related to Health and Healthcare Services, and Smittevernloven is the Act Related to the Control of Communicable Diseases. Case management will be satisfactory, expeditious and inspire confidence. All parties will be heard, treated equally and receive the necessary guidance. The Child Welfare Tribunal will provide the parties with legal counsel if requested. The cost of the attorney will be paid by the state.
There are 10 Child Welfare Tribunals in Norway. A central office is responsible for the administrative management of the boards. The boards are an agency within the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Families (In Norwegian Barne- og familiedepartementet).