Norway agency to investigate suspected abuse of Norwegian-Thai children

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Norway’s Department of Children and Youth Policy plans to work with Pattaya social workers to investigate whether Norwegian-Thai children are being abused.

Deputy Director-General Eli Grut and advisor Per-Aubrey Bugge Tenden met with Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome Sept. 19 to discuss guidelines on how the Norwegian agency can work with the Pattaya Social Welfare Department to visit Thai-Norwegian families and investigate living conditions for the interracial children.

Eli Grut and Per-Aubrey Bugge Tenden meet with Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome to investigate whether Norwegian-Thai children are being abused. Eli Grut and Per-Aubrey Bugge Tenden meet with Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome to investigate whether Norwegian-Thai children are being abused.

Grut said her visit was prompted by reports filed by Norwegian churches in Bangkok and Pattaya about at-risk living situations for Norwegian-Thai kids. She said the Norwegian government can aid children through churches.

The agency wants to visit Thai-Norwegian couples with children and evaluate any risks to physical and mental health. In cases where abuse is discovered, children would be sent to the Chonburi Shelter for Children and Family temporarily before further help s provided.

In addition, the Chonburi Immigration Department will be contacted to investigate any suspected violence perpetrated by the Norwegian parent.