Emergency Orders

In urgent situations, where there is no time for The County Social Welfare Board (Board) to treat a case, an emergency order (In Norwegian akuttvedtak) may be issued.  The Municipal Leader for child welfare services (In Norwegian barnevernlederen i kommunen) or prosecuting authorities can implement temporary emergency orders.  The requirements for implementing an emergency order are stringent.

When an emergency order has been implemented, the ruling must be sent immediately to the board for approval. The administrative decision/ruling (In Norwegian vedtak) must be approved without delay, and if possible within 48 hours. The board will assess the request to assure the request for emergency order complies with the legal requirements. The law does not allow the board to overrule the description of events contained in the emergency order.  

The municipality lodges a request for an emergency order (In Norwegian akuttvedtak).

Within 48 hours, the board will assess and either agree or refuse to agree with the emergency order. 

Right to an Attorney

Parents and others (with rights as part of the case) have the right to an attorney paid for by the Norwegian State. Read more about the Right to an Attorney

Duty of Confidentiality

The County Social Welfare Boards (Boards) are subject to the duty of confidentiality. The same applies to anyone who has been commissioned by the boards. Read more about Duty of Confidentiality

Child Participation

Barnekonvensjonen, also referred to as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, states that children have the right to be heard and participate in decision-making processes that may be relevant to their lives. Read more about Child Participation


In order to acknowledge that the conditions set forth by the law are observed, the County Social Welfare Boards (Boards) need access to information. The boards can obtain information and data from witnesses. Read more about Witnesses