Newsletter - October 2021

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When asked by researchers, most children in long-term foster care or adoptive families want more rather than less contact with some birth family members and former foster carers. How can we prevent these children from having ‘searching’ anxieties and help them maintain a sense of ‘connectedness’?


In the best interest of the child? 

Researcher at DIPA, Hege Stein Helland, recently published a new article in the prestigious International Journal of Children's Rights. How do the Norwegian Supreme Court justify its decisions on adoption from care and to what extent are these decisions based on rational arguments?


Barnevernfrokost: Conflict Management and Communication in Child Protection

Interview processes in the County Social Welfare Boards are attempts to resolve child protection cases prior to formal negotiation meetings. Why do we need these processes and what do they add to child protection cases? Professor of Law at the University of Bergen, Camilla Bernt, gave a presentation about affected parties' right to interview processes in the Norwegian County Social Welfare Boards (video is in Norwegian).


University of Bergen turns 75: Child Protection - Will We Ever Get it Right?

DIPA Director, Professor Marit Skivenes, gave a public lecture on the challenges of child protection at the University of Bergen's 75th anniversary. Read the summary here!

From collaborators

New research Centre on the study of transnational families

A new research Centre has been established at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Romania, focusing on the needs and rights of transnational families. DIPA is a supporter of the initiative.

New book published on parental guidance, state responsibility and evolving capacities

Our collaborators at the CRC Implementation Project recently published an edited volume on Article 5 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Director of DIPA, Professor Marit Skivenes, has written a chapter in the book together with Amy McEwan-Strand. See link to the chapter under "Recent publications from the Centre" below.
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Recent publications from the Centre


Helland, H. S. (2021). In the Best Interest of the Child? Justifying Decisions on Adoption from  Care in the Norwegian Supreme Court. The International Journal of Children's Rights29(3), 609- 639.

Helland, H. S. (2021). Reasoning between Rules and Discretion: A Comparative Study of the Normative Platform for Best Interest Decision-Making on Adoption in England and Norway. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family35(1).

McEwan-Strand, Amy and Marit Skivenes (2021) “Children’s Capacities and Role in Matters of Great Significance for Them: An Analysis of the Norwegian County Boards’ Decision-Making in Cases about Adoption from Care” in Fenton-Glynn and Sloan (eds.) Parental Guidance, State Responsibility and Evolving Capacities. Brill Nijhoff: Leiden, The Netherlands.

Løvlie, Audun Gabriel and Marit Skivenes (2021) “Justifying interventions in Norwegian child protection: An analysis of violence in migrant and non-migrant families in Norway.” Nordic Journal on Law and Society, Vol. 4 (2), 1-41.

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