Norwegian children's ombudsman:
The child protection people are
than 20 years I have seen families persecuted by the
Norwegian child protective services (CPS) spend untold
hours and tap their energy searching for someone to help
them against these destructive 'protectors'.
One of the many they think of writing to or calling on is
the Norwegian children's ombudsman. For trustful
Norwegians, admirers of their welfare state under the rule
of law, it would seem obvious: The children's ombudsman is
officially independent and has as his or her duty to put
children's life and interests first and be their spokesman.
The ombudsman's office has probably received several
thousand letters from families about the misguided CPS.
reality is that no children's ombudsman would ever be
appointed in Norway who did not share the official ideology
and policy regarding children, parents and the CPS. They
have all been staunch supporters of the CPS against
parents, through thick and thin.
The reality is also that the children's ombudsman's office
has several dozen employees, who naturally have to share
and express the official policy of their employer, the
state. These people are the ones who answer letters crying
for help against the CPS.
today's children's ombudsman, medical doctor Anne Lindboe,
being interviewed, together with the government minister
about the efficient
implementation of children's rights through ever more
strengthening of the CPS:
"– Det har skjedd mye i barnevernet, og jeg har lyst
til å understreke at de som jobber i tjenesten gjør en
strålende jobb. Men vi ser at det svikter igjen og igjen på
kommunalt nivå, sa Lindboe i Politisk kvarter."
(– A lot has taken place in the
CPS and I want to emphasise that the people working there
are doing a magnificent job. But we see failures again and
again on the municipal level, Lindboe said to [the program]
The failure on the municipal level is said to be in that so
many local CPS offices have far too few social workers and
that the municipal administration of the CPS is not good
enough to find all children who suffer in their parents'
– Ingen faglig grunn til ikke å
rettighetsfeste barnevernloven (No professional reason not
to handle the law of child protection as a law of
national, public tv and radio company], 22 December 2014
read more about the ombudsman on the ombudsman's webpage:
but I rather doubt what real use this information is.
Whatever it says on paper, reality is harsh.
So victims of the CPS had better not waste time, hope and
energy by appealing to our children's ombudsman. The
Russian children's ombudsman Mr Pavel Astakhov, in making
public internationally what Norway's child protection
amounts to, comes considerably closer to giving adequate
help to children in Norway – native as well as foreign,
actually – than Mrs Lindboe and her predecessors have, or
her successors forseeably will.
updated 18 November 2014
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