Starting to babble about social
Marianne Haslev Skånland
about as crazy as it can get: Now educational
establishments training child protection workers are
starting to talk about the love of social workers for
"their" children as a "a basic competence".
from Norwegian are mine.)
Ungdom trenger kjærlighet fra
barnevernet (Young people need love from
the child protection agency)
28 April 2015
("Forskning" means "research", "science". forskning.no is a
website publishing news from universities and other
establishments of higher education etc in Norway. The
website is solidly and unquestioningly a supporter of the
politically correct, and has been known to quickly remove
critical articles and comments. This distressing article is
of course run of the mill in Norwegian philosophy about
children, so it no doubt has a secure place. It might,
however, be interesting to see if any critical comments
appear and for how long they stay.)
We are told that:
"Love belongs not only in private life, but is also found
in the professional relationship between social worker and
child and youth."
I have to be ashamed, then? Because I have quite often said
and written that one word is totally absent in the world of
ideas in Western style social work: love. It turns up here.
But in what manner of twisted, distorted version!
Once again there is no mention of at any cost honouring,
respecting and upholding the nature-given, unique love
between child and parents, the love which holds them
together in freedom. No, the program is that social workers
are to develop love for children in the hands of the child
protection agency as a "basic competence", as "an
appreciation which can function as a 'treatment strategy'
in working with exposed youths". Love as a pedagogical
trick. A helpless theatre performance of paid
make-believe-emotions, then, which is said to "demand
strong involvement and commitment, says researcher Hilde
Marie Thrana at the District University in Lillehammer".
One example which is given is the love which a young girl
experiences from the social worker who wakes her up every
morning when she herself would really prefer to drop out of
First, the social services destroy the family's
preservation of family love, and shut the family completely
out of their ideological horizon. Then they talk
sentimentally about "Many youngsters in the child
protection service have not had the necessary
self-confidence established which others get when they
experience love in their close family".
This is one of the most harrowing articles I have read for
a long time (which says quite a lot). Norwegian
professional child protection circles are in the process of
stepping over the precipice. And the docile Norwegian
population follows them faithfully, almost as one man, on