Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism Bergen


Discretion and the Child’s Best Interest in Child Protection

The research project “Discretion and the child’s best interests in child protection” aims to unlock the black box of discretionary decision-making in child protection cases by a comparative-empirical study of how discretionary decisions are made and justified in the best interests of the child.

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The Acceptability of Child Protection Interventions: A cross-country analysis

This project examines the population´s values and interpretations of the child´s best interests principle within different societies, as well at the courts justifications of their best interests judgments. The principle of the child´s best interests is recognized by all states, but it is a principle that is controversial and contested within and between welfare states.

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Adoption as a child welfare measure

November 1 the project “Adoption as a child welfare measure” is starting up at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory.

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Legitimacy and Fallibility in Child Welfare Services

“Legitimacy and Fallibility in Child Welfare Services: A Cross-Country Study of Decision-Making” is a research project on child welfare services in Norway, Finland, England and USA. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and runs from September 2012 to June 2017.

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The Norwegian Child Welfare System in a Comparative Perspective

The main objective of this research project is to provide a comparative analysis of different child welfare systems in three countries – Norway, England and the USA – with the focal point being on the central issues knowledge, decision-making and ethnicity.

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Pro bono research

Our pro bono group conducts research on children’s rights. Pro bono is a latin phrase for professional work and research undertaken voluntarily without payment and for the benefit of the public good. We believe that working for children and young individual’s rights is a particularly important social responsibility. In the Pro Bono group we are presentlyworking with an evaluation of ”Mitt Liv” (My Life) which is a program developed by “Forandringsfabrikken” and “BarnevernsProffene”.

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