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How the Child Welfare Services deal with complex child custody cases with concern of violence or sexual abuse by one of the parents

The project seeks to explore how professionals within the Child Welfare Services deal with high-conflict cases where there is a concern about violence or sexual abuse by one of the parents after a separation or divorce. A core question is whether and how children's right to care, protection and participation is sufficiently attended to, within a legal framework which may limit the scope of action of child welfare professionals. A mix of legal regulations applies in these cases and creates a couble-traced system which may hinder an effective protection of the child. This is a multi-disciplinary, qualitative, dialogue based study, based on ind-debt- interviews with case workers and and study of case documents and sources of law. One article in law has been published in Norwegian, and there will also be published a 'resource guide' for case workers in cooperation with Save the Children Norway. In addition, an article will be published in English during 2014. The project is funded by the Wøyen Foundation.

Norwegian version


Research group

Department of Childhood, Family and Child Welfare Research

Project period

Start: 01/02/2012

End: 31/12/2013


    Wøyen Foundation

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