Several children and families are exiting Norway so as not to have to deal with Child Welfare Service officials, reports say.
“Some have such a strong fear about the powerfulness of the CWS, that they move from Norway after having received just one protection notification,” Somali network leader Bashe Musse explained to NRK.
Mr Musse said that it is unknown how many children go abroad – sometimes leaving with their family, and sometimes sent out alone – but it is thought it could be six children a year in Oslo.
He also believes that the parents of these children have misconceptions about the role the CWS have.
“Parents want the child’s best, and Child Welfare Services want the same. Nevertheless, families may think that they are never going to see their own children again if the CWS removes them, said Mr Musse.
Different types of cases involving Norwegian CWS officials have included Indian couple Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya’s high-profile legal battle with Stavanger CWS over their children, Abhigyan and Aishwarya.
Last year, Polish private investigator Krzysztof Rutkowski spirited one, then another child out of Norway away from the country’s CWS. A Polish court ruled she was to stay in Poland.
A worker at Poland’s embassy in Oslo was dismissed after comparing Norway’s CWS with the Hitler Youth.
A third child Mr Rutkowski removed was a Russian national. Russian authorities have also advocated that Russian law should apply in child protection cases where the minors are Russian nationals.