Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism Bergen

Pro bono research

Our pro bono group conducts research on children’s rights. Pro bono is a latin phrase for professional work and research undertaken voluntarily without payment and for the benefit of the public good. We believe that working for children and young individual’s rights is a particularly important social responsibility.

In the Pro Bono group we are presently working with an evaluation of ”Mitt Liv” (My Life), a program developed by “Forandringsfabrikken” and “BarnevernsProffene”. “Forandringsfabrikken” (The Change Factory in Norwegian) is a foundation that, together with the public, works to highlight a child centred perspective in the Norwegian child welfare system. “BarnevernsProffene” are youths working for “Forandringsfabrikken” and who are experts by experience with the child welfare system.

“Mitt Liv” (My Life) is a developing project initiated by “Forandringsfabrikken”. Their ambition is to change the way child welfare workers work and to change their values towards children so that the child is at the centre of all decisions made by the child welfare system. The project is set to change work procedures and the ethos in many municipalities in Norway, and to be implemented in 2016-2017.

Members of the pro bono group
Marit Skivenes (PI), Lisette Holm (coordinator), Marie Topaas Storm, Kaja Eek-Larsen, Ida Benedicte Juhasz, Oda Krogh Læret, Hilde Svrljuga Sætre, Line Marie Sørsdal, Emma Kirsti Stenhouse Ytrearne, Hege Stein Helland, Vilde Tøfte Øvstetun, Barbara Ruiken, Amy McEwan-Strand and Siri Hansen Pedersen.

For questions about the Pro Bono group, please contact coordinator Lisette Holm.


Are you interested in volunteering for the Pro bono group?

You are most welcome to contact professor Marit Skivenes.