Law, Politics and Welfare

The Pro Bono Group

The Pro Bono Group conducts research on children's rights.

Bilde med medlemmene i Pro bono-gruppen.
Members of the Pro bono group.
Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism

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Pro bono is a Latin phrase for professional work and research undertaken voluntarily without payment and for the benefit of the public good. The Pro Bono Group, believing that working for children and young individual’s rights is a particularly important social responsibility, conducts research on children’s rights. Professor Marit Skivenes is the principal investigator and chair of the group.

Current project
The Pro Bono Group is currently embarking on a comparative project investigating minority perspectives on child welfare services in the media (Spring 2019). Assessing the child welfare systems in Norway and California (U.S.), research questions include: What are minorities’ perspectives in the media on challenges with their relationship with child welfare services? How does the state respond to and address such challenges? Are there gaps between minorities’ perspective of challenges and state responses? If so, how may these gaps be filled? Methodology includes textual analysis of news articles from prominent Norwegian and U.S. newspapers.

Previous project
The Pro Bono Group’s most recent completed project is an evaluation of the “Mitt Liv” (“My Life”) program. “Mitt Liv” is a project developed by “Forandringsfabrikken” (“The Change Factory”) and “Barnevernsproffene.” Its ambition is to change how child welfare workers work so that the child is at the centre of child welfare decisions. The project is set to change work procedures in and the ethos of many municipalities in Norway. “Forandringsfabrikken” is a foundation that, with the public, works to highlight a child-centred perspective in the Norwegian child welfare system. “BarnevernsProffene” are youth working for “Forandringsfabrikken” who are experts by experience with the child welfare system.

Members (Spring 2019)
Marit Skivenes (PI), Lisette Holm (coordinator), Barbara Ruiken (coordinator), Silje Amalie Eikeland Rose, Hege Beate Stein Helland, Madi Burroughs, Olive Dwan, Camilla Engebråten, Siri Hansen Pedersen, and Amy McEwan-Strand.