If you have been summoned to come and talk to us in a board hearing, it is because we want to know more about you. It is up to you to decide whether you want to talk to us – it is completely voluntary. You can be accompanied by an adult you trust.

You have the right to express your thoughts and opinions in a case concerning yourself or your family. This does not mean that you can decide the outcome, but we must take into account what is best for you before we make a decision in the case.

You need to know what the case is about. Ask your parents. We cannot tell you about the case if it concerns one of your parents, and not you.

Watch the film you find above before you attend the meeing with us. Try to think about whether there is something important you need to tell us. You decide what you want to say, no one else.

At UNE, you get to talk to a board chair. The board chair is responsible for your case and is one of the people who decide who gets to stay in Norway. You and the board chair can talk in a separate room, or you can be in a room with your lawyer and other adults present. We agree on how we will do it in advance. If you do not speak Norwegian, an interpreter will help you.

If you are talking to the board chair in a seperate room, the other adults will be sitting in the next room. They will listen to what you are saying to each other. If you bring a lawyer or guardian with you, he or she will also be in the next room.

You have to tell the board chair if you want to talk about something you do not want your parents or your lawyer to know about. 

We would like to hear your opinion, in order for us to find out what will be best for you. You may be asked different things about yourself and your childhood. If you can not or do not wish to answer the questions, that is perfectly fine. But what you do tell must be the truth. You have the right to state your opinion about a case that concerns you. That does not mean that you get to decide, but that we have to take your best interests into consideration when we make a decision in the case.

Everyone who is listening to what you have to say is bound by a duty of confidentiality. That means that they are not allowed to tell anyone what you said. We will not use what you tell us to check whether your parents are telling the truth. When we talk to you, we are only trying to find out more about your situation and what will be best for you.

When the meeting is finished, the board members will make a decision in the case. Sometimes we will need to make further enquiries, to make sure we have understood what you have told us correctly.

We will send the decision to your parents, usually via a lawyer.