Keynote 2 Secretary General Randi Talseth

Parents in the Norwegian Schools

In this lec­ture Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al Ran­di Talseth will dis­cuss the tasks and rights of par­ents inher­ent in the Nor­we­gian mod­el and struc­ture for schools. She will share expe­ri­ences from her own work as Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al of the NGO Adults for Chil­dren on inno­va­tions and inter­ven­tions in the Nor­we­gian edu­ca­tion­al sys­tem, par­tic­u­lar­ly relat­ed to Men­tal Health at Schools pro­grammes. Talseth will also share reflec­tions relat­ed to the way ahead for par­ents’ place and posi­tion in school.

 About Randi Talseth

Ran­di Talseth is Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al of the NGO Adults for Chil­dren in Nor­way, an organ­i­sa­tion of which she has been a cen­tral part since 1992. She has con­tributed to project orga­ni­za­tion as well as devel­oped pro­grams and tools for dis­sem­i­na­tion and imple­men­tion, nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly.

Talseth has man­aged a num­ber of con­fer­ences at the nation­al, Nordic and inter­na­tion­al lev­els, includ­ing the Fourth World Con­fer­ence on the Pro­mo­tion of Men­tal Health and Pre­ven­tion of Men­tal and Behav­ioral Dis­or­ders in Oslo in 2006, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Carter Cen­ter, the World Fed­er­a­tion for Men­tal Health, and Clif­ford Bears Foun­da­tion.

Talseth is cur­rent­ly chair of a nation­al pro­gram for the devel­op­ment of pro­fes­sion­al stan­dards in child pro­tec­tion (since 2012) and chair of the Board of Trustees in the Inter­na­tion­al Foun­da­tion Part­ner­ship for Chil­dren (since 2010).

She is also Vice Chair­man of The Cen­ter for Child and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health, East­ern and South­ern Nor­way (since 2005), and a mem­ber of the Nor­we­gian Coun­cil for Qual­i­ty Improve­ment and Pri­or­i­ty Set­ting in Health Care (since 2006), both of which are foun­da­tions estab­lished by the Nor­we­gian Min­istry of Health and Care Ser­vices.

Pre­vi­ous­ly Talseth has served as chair of the Nordic Net­work for Peo­ple Work­ing with Chil­dren of Men­tal­ly Ill Par­ents (2010–2012), as a board mem­ber of Health South-East 2007–2012 (appoint­ed by the Health Min­istry), as a nation­al part­ner for Men­tal Health Europe (from 1994), as a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the ref­er­ence group for user organ­i­sa­tions in the men­tal health field dur­ing the Action Plan for men­tal health (1999–2008), and as a mem­ber of the Com­mit­tee for the study of the treat­ment dead­lines in men­tal health ser­vices for chil­dren and young peo­ple (2008).

Talseth was also a mem­ber of the gov­ern­ment appoint­ed com­mit­tee, Flatøut­val­get, that report­ed on chil­dren at risk and pub­lished the Offi­cial Nor­we­gian Report “What you do, do it in full. Bet­ter coor­di­na­tion of ser­vices for chil­dren at risk” (NOU 2009:22).


 Adults for Children

Adults for Chil­dren (for­mer­ly called Men­tal Barne­hjelp from 1960 – 1996) is an NGO pro­mot­ing the men­tal health of chil­dren and ado­les­cents. The orga­ni­za­tion works with, and offers ser­vices to the par­ents and car­ers of chil­dren and ado­les­cents – and to all who work with chil­dren and young peo­ple. Adults for Chil­dren is par­tic­u­lar­ly con­cerned with chil­dren’s inter­ests and children‘s men­tal health. Adults for Chil­dren aims at mak­ing the per­spec­tive of the child vis­i­ble for local and nation­al deci­sion mak­ers when it comes to issues con­cern­ing chil­dren in school, kinder­garten, social wel­fare insti­tu­tions and men­tal health insti­tu­tions. Adults for Chil­dren are con­cerned with chil­dren who live in fam­i­lies with parental men­tal health prob­lems or parental drug abuse. The orga­ni­za­tion offers train­ing for pro­fes­sion­als in adult men­tal health insti­tu­tions and com­mu­ni­ty based care sys­tems on how to take care of the fam­i­ly and the child when par­ent have a prob­lem. The orga­ni­za­tion also runs pro­grams for schools on how to pro­mote good men­tal health among chil­dren.

More infor­ma­tion about Adults for Chil­dren — in Nor­we­gian only:

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