Youth crime in Oslo

Friday June 29, 2018

– Juvenile punishment does not work well enough

Erna Solberg does not guarantee that Wara gets what he wants in the fight against young criminals. Measures that get the youngsters out of work can be the key, says the prime minister.

The Oslo police are concerned about juvenile delinquency. The police are powerless to young offenders. Dagbladet said Wednesday that ten children have been reported 187 times in Oslo city center. Children under the age of 15 are responsible for rape, robbery, gross violence and serious threats, according to the police. Justice Minister of Defense, Emergency Affairs and Immigration Tor Mikkel Wara claims that “Oslo’s streets are not safe”.

He will, among other things, expand the authority of child welfare and enable them to send out youth from the city or defend them. Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) says she has talked to Wara. She thinks that his statement is not about all the streets in general, but some areas with youths who have created insecurity.

“There are many good ideas for how to fight youth crime. Getting youngsters to do something else and getting them out of the environment can be one of the forms of reaction in the future. In what way and on what purposes we will do it, we need to spend some time to find out, “says Solberg.

– Difficult to get a summer job

Together with Trine Skei Grande (V) and Per Sandberg (Frp), she visited yesterday ‘Job Project 2018’ at Lindeberg School in Oslo. The project will provide young people with work experience. “We see that there are many fewer who announce summer jobs because there are still greater demands on competence, age, HSE and professional knowledge, also in order to have easier jobs. And it’s a huge challenge for many youngsters because they never get the chance to try, “says Skei Grande.

Rebuid Alna

For two weeks, 40 young people aged 15 to 21 will work for two weeks on behalf of the municipality of Alna. The project is under the auspices of NAV Alna and Alna district. The purpose of the project is to contribute to the well-being of the district, and to create mastery in the youth.

“It’s important to rebuild the area, but also to give our youth a springboard to work. Many do not have contacts, or struggle to get a summer job, says project manager Magali Hytten, from NAV Alna.

To become part of the project, young people have applied in the same way as any job. The application process has helped them, and out of 100 applications 40 young people got the job.

Some of them have not completed high school and lack motivation. Being a part of the work project can also help them to finish, after a taste of work, with salary.

According to Magali Hytten, it is also important to learn about common rules for working life, such as meeting up to the right time. She adds that she is very pleased with the efforts of young people so far.

“They are very good and always on. Nor are they coming too late, so I will write good testimonials on them.

New in working life

The youth have been attending a job at Ellingsrud Nursing Home and as painters at Lindeberg School. It’s educational, says Hajira Khan, 15, who has never had a summer job before.

– It goes really well. What’s best is that we have fun and work at the same time. We can both gain experience in life and see what it’s like to be working, says Hajira.