New zero-tolerance bullying law enters into force in kindergartens at New Year

KindergartenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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From January 1, 2021, a new law will come into force, obliging kindergartens in Norway to have zero-tolerance for bullying and clearer rules for handling children.

The change in the law requires kindergartens to monitor how the children are doing and to investigate and implement measures when the staff suspects that one or more children are not doing well.

A stricter obligation is also introduced in the event of suspicion that staff is harassing children.

Zero tolerance for violence

Kindergartens are obliged to have zero tolerance for violations such as exclusion, bullying, violence, discrimination, and harassment.

Furthermore, requirements are introduced for kindergartens to have internal control to ensure that they comply with legislation and regulations, including the framework plan and the new regulations against bullying.

The municipalities will also have to ensure that kindergartens follow the legislative changes.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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