- to allow children and young people to grow up safely and to participate in public decision-making processes
- to promote economic and social security for families
- to promote full equality of status between men and women
- to strengthen consumer rights, interests and safety
The Ministry’s activities affect the daily lives of most people in the country, and its decisions and judgments can have a major impact on individuals.
Most of the Ministry’s budget goes toward benefits for families with children. The three main benefit types are called child benefits, maternity/paternity benefits and cash benefits to the parents of young children. Among social welfare services, the largest budgetary items are for child welfare and protection.
The Ministry of Children and Equality. Photographer: Roger Holmsen