Mixing roles

On February 20th, 2013, one could read in the local newspaper Tønsbergs Blad, that the Child Protection Services (CPS) in Tønsberg municipality, Vestfold county, found it OK to place a child in an emergency placement in the home of the agency leader who is in charge of, among other things, the CPS in Tønsberg. According to Tønsbergs Blad, she gets paid up to 250,000 Norwegian kroner for this, and all expences refunded.

Lawyer Are Bohne, representing the child’s father, says to Tønsbergs Blad: “This is a form of mixing of roles which is not acceptable. The leader of the agency is the main witness in the case, and she herself presents the evidence to support that the child shall be placed in an emergency home”.

According to Tønsbergs Blad, the CPS’s plan was that the emergency home should become a permanent home for the child.

An e-mail correspondece with Tønsberg municipality reveals that the name of the agency leader seems to be Mette Vikan Andersen [1].