444. Små Enheter (The small units)

Located in Norway this group home was blasted into the media when a 15 year old girl at the group home strangled one of the counselors. The management blamed the employee but the counselor was alone in the unit with the girl while another employee was sleeping. The authorities conducted an investigation into the procedures at the time of the murder. As it turned out it was not the first time this girl posed danger to the employees. Some months before the employees had to call the police because the girl had armed herself with a machete.

The management had no doubt that the girl posed a security risk but taken into consideration that the social services are under heavy criticism from parents on media platforms like Facebook there are a lot of indicators that both management of the group home but also social workers inside the social services neglected their responsibilities when they allowed this girl to live at a group home with so sparse staffing.

It could not be fun to be there as a teenager taking into consideration there was no procedure to secure that non-violent teenagers were put together with violent teenagers. It could just as well have been one of the other teenagers who were strangled instead.

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About Rotsne

Danish immigrant, but very integrated. After having worked for another research center, I have recently started working for International Culture Exchange where I serve the youth and their families wanting to become an exchange student.

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