The Child’s Reform Denmark 2011. The Child’s Reform. The main objective of the reform i s to strengthen the focus on the interests of the child . With the reform it is emphasised that children have the right to: Be involved in the case handling
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Children have the right to anonymous and open counselling.
They can contact the authorities to ask for counselling and are not required to give their names or other data and they don’t need their parents’ permission.
The child has the right to contact with parents, family and network and the needs and interests of the child stand above the parents’ needs and interests in having contact.
The child must be heard and involved in all decisions about contact and decisions must be based upon what is in the best interests of the child. The child must not be subject to contact in situations when this might be harmful for the child. It is therefore of great significance that the child’s needs and interests are given more weight than the needs and interests of the parents.
The authorities must assist placed children in finding a person that can be of support for the child during placement.
The purpose of the support person is to prevent loneliness and to give the child a chance to establish a broader network during and after placement.
The child is not obliged to have a support person if he or she does not want it.
The support person will not be employed or paid by the authorities as it is important that it is someone with a personal engagement in and emotional responsibility of the child.
If a suitable person cannot be found the authorities are not obliged to find one.
Children have the right to a lay representative who can help them understand what is going on and give the child advice and guidance – or just a feeling of safety.
The lay representative can be someone from the child’s network or someone from a charity or volunteer organisation.
Access to complaint
The right to complain has been lowered from 15 to 12 years. The authorities shall assist with guidance of how to complain and must inform the child of its right to complain and how this is done in practice.
The authorities must actively help children who wish to complain.