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Childhood, Family and Child Welfare

Norwegian Social Research – NOVA’s interdisciplinary department for research on childhood, family, and child welfare centres around conditions for childhood and for growing up in a safe and good environment. We study a range of topics especially concerning the role of the family and the role of the state in children’s lives.

Not everyone grows up under safe and adequate conditions. For those who do not, there is an increased risk of continuing to find oneself in situations of vulnerability later on in life.

Different services within the Norwegian welfare apparatus have a responsibility for identifying and assisting children and young people at risk. These complex tasks demand a high level of updated knowledge on the services as well as on the circumstances of children and families in need of assistance. Our research provides such knowledge.

At NOVA 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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Featured research

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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.