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  • Emergency child welfare placements: “It is a serious matter that certain children receive services which are not adapted to their needs.”

    ​Good emergency services for individual children require effective cooperation between the municipal child welfare services and Bufetat (Barne-, ungdoms- og familieetaten — the Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs). The Child Welfare Services know the child's needs and Bufetat offers emergency housing and places in institutions. A lack of available measures at Bufetat means that in some cases children do not receive services which are adapted to them. “Having to move a long way from home is rarely in accordance with the child's needs”, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Lack of coordination within the expansion of bioenergy – significantly less growth than expected

    ​The annual consumption of bioenergy was expected to increase by up to 14 terawatt hours (TWh) between 2008 and 2020, but increased only by 1.6 TWh by 2016. “The efforts are spread across a number of ministries and organisations, and are categorised by a lack of coordination of goals, strategies and measures”, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • – The digitalisation of public entities must be managed and coordinated better

    ​​The work to renew and simplify public entities with digitalisation is too decentralised and unsystematic. “There is a need for stronger central management in order to make the expected improvements”, says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Many are still without work after participation in a labour market scheme

    ​75 percent of people with reduced work capacity who were not registered as having a job before they started on the labour market scheme, were without a registered job one year after they finished the scheme.  After two years, 65 percent of this group were registered as not having a job. “A large percentage do not have a job, despite comprehensive use of resources. Streamlining the process and improving follow-up would make it possible to get more people in work," says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

  • Schemes have not been implemented to improve legal security for those who require a guardian

    ​The guardianship reform was supposed to improve the legal security for those who require a guardian, but problems with a new case management system has delayed the implementation of several central measures.  “There are no guidelines and there is too little systematic supervision and control. This applies both to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the Norwegian Civil Affairs Authority and the county governors”, says the Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

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