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Childhood, Family and Child Welfare

What characterises a good childhood and which conditions are necessary for growing up in a safe and adequate environment? Which roles do the family and the state, respectively, play in children's lives? Such questions form the starting point for our research on children, families and child welfare.

At NOVA’s interdisciplinary department for research on childhood, family, and child welfare we direct attention to the welfare services’ and judiciary system’s relevance to the rights and needs of children, as well as to a diversity of family expectations and environments. Our research topics include the child welfare services, children and families from minority and majority backgrounds, children with disabilities, and circumstances of domestic violence. 

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    We study conditions for families and childhoods and direct attention in particular to positions that can be perceived as vulnerable or exposed in light of what various actors perceive as ordinary, good, or normal. Thus, we are also interested in what such perceptions consist of, and how they are maintained, contested, and changed.

    Our research aims to critically examine and evaluate the management, measures and working conditions of the welfare services that target children and families. We view such services as social systems and examine the premises of these systems and their inherent logics, contradictions, and dilemmas.

    Our research topics also include domestic violence, Family Counselling Services, migration and diversity, while we continue to develop our considerable methodological competence.

    In our research projects, we empirically examine different levels and sectors of society, such as the life situation of individuals and groups, welfare institutions and services, working methods, politics, laws and regulations. We focus on the criteria for inclusion and on the nature and content of cases in the Child Welfare Services and in other services directed towards children, young people, and families.

    Our attention is also directed towards the effects of laws, measures, professional practices and policies for different groups in the population, towards the conditions for cooperation between different services, sectors, and professional groups, and on the significance of all this for the lives, affiliations and networks of individuals and families both in Norway and transnationally.

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  • Projects

    • The Domestic Violence Research Programme

      The programme studies time trends in the prevalence of violence and assault, violence as phenomenon, and how violence is approached by the welfare- and justice systems.

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  • Selected publications

    More publications are listed at the researcher's employee pages.

Featured research

Parents arguing in the background. Sad boy sitting at table listening.
Five measures that can prevent violence against children

Less severe violence against children and young people is declining, whereas severe forms of violence remain stable. According to OsloMet researchers, there are five measures that can reduce severe violence.