Children's rights

Last updated: 15.04.2013 // Norwegians consider children to be very important. Parents listen to children's views and try to include them when making decisions.

Photo: Berit Roald/ Scanpix. 
Photo: Berit Roald/ Scanpix

Like most countries, Norway employs people whose job it is to make sure children and young people are able to grow up in safety. There are very strict rules to prevent bullying at school and all schools must have an anti-bullying plan for teachers and pupils to follow.

Children in Norway also have an official spokesperson called the Ombudsman for Children. They look after the interests of children and protect their rights. In 1981, Norway was the first country to give someone this role. If a special case needs to be discussed with the authorities and the media, the Ombudsman will do this. The Ombudsman also works as an adviser to children, parents, and anyone who works with children to make sure the children’s needs are put first. You can read more about the Ombudsman for Children here: http://barneombudet.no/english/


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