The Child Welfare Service’s task is to provide children, adolescents and families with help and support when there is a difficult situation in the home or a child is in need of help from the Child Welfare Service for other reasons (for example behavioural problems or problems connected with drugs or alcohol). It is the responsibility of the parents to provide care and protection for their child or children. If however the parents are experiencing problems or difficulties, the Child Welfare Service is obliged to provide whatever help is necessary to ensure that children and adolescents receive the care they need. The Child Welfare Service’s duty is to ensure that children and adolescents who are living in situations or conditions that represent a risk to their health and/or development receive any help necessary at the time it is needed and to contribute to that children and adolescents grow up in safe, secure and caring circumstances.

7 s., utgitt av Barne-, ungdoms- og familiedirektoratet i 2015.