The boards must ensure that their decisions are made in accordance with human rights and international conventions ratified by Norway.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), as well as the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) have an impact on decisions by the boards. Both conventions are incorporated in the Human Rights Act of 21st of May 1999. Both conventions are given prevalence over other Norwegian laws in case of contradictions, with the exception of the Norwegian Constitution (In Norwegian Grunnloven).
The most important articles in the UNCRC with regard to board decisions are:
These sections are also in accordance with the corresponding sections in the Child Welfare Act (In Norwegian Barnevernloven) respectively § 4-1, §4-19 and §6-3. The Norwegian Constitution was amended in May, 2014. The most important sections of the UNCRC were incorporated in the Norwegian Constitution, § 104. In the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), article 8 has a bearing on board decisions. They include: