Norway: Parents Against the State
Tim Whewell meets parents and professionals who call the child protection agency in Norway dysfunctional and dangerous. Is a system designed to put children first, out of control?
Norway is widely regarded as one of the world's most progressive societies, yet it's at the centre of an international storm over its child protection policies. Campaigners say social workers remove children from their parents without justification, permanently erasing family bonds. A number of them are from immigrant backgrounds. Tim Whewell meets desperate parents who say they've lost their children because of misunderstood remarks or "insufficient eye contact" - and Norwegian professionals who call the child protection agency dysfunctional and dangerous. Is a system designed to put children first now out of control?