Forebyggingsenheten / Sivilombudsmannen

About us

The Parliamentary Ombudsman’s National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) visits institutions where someone is placed by the child service, health service or the police. These can for example be child welfare institutions, hospitals or custody facilities.

The aim of the visits is to ensure that everyone who is staying in an institution is treated well. In order to get the correct impression of what it like to stay in an institution, we do not give advance notice of our visits. We can show up unannounced because we are completely independent of the institution’s staff and of the authorities.

During our visits

During a visit, we would like to speak to as many as possible of the children and young people staying in the institution. Information from you can help others and those who will stay in the institution after you. We have a duty of confidentiality about what you tell us. We also look around at the institution, read important documents such as house rules and records, and talk to the staff.

After the visit, we write a report in which we make recommendations to the institution about what it can do better. In the report, all the conversations we have had are anonymised. That means that no one will be able to know who has told us what.

How can you help us?

  • What is good and what is not so good here?
  • Is there anything you would like to see changed?
  • What kind of information are you given?
  • Does anyone use force against you?
  • Have you or anyone else been mistreated?
  • Do you receive good assistance from the staff when you need it?

Download a brochure and a poster in English with information about what the NPM does