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Child Protection Act, No. 80/2002

Government of Iceland; Ministry of Social Affairs Country Resources Child Rights Legislation Iceland 1 January 2016 Legislation/regulation child and adolescent, child/youth protection, human rights

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Children have a right to protection and care. Their rights shall be maintained in accordance with their age and maturity. All those involved in the care and upbringing of children shall treat them with respect and consideration, and no child may ever be subjected to violence or any other degrading treatment. Parents shall treat their children with care and consideration and observe their duties of upbringing and custodianship as to best suit their child’s interests and needs. They shall create satisfactory conditions for their children to grow up in and ensure their welfare in all respects.

This Act was first enacted in 2002, with the latest amendments in 2018. For ongoing amendments and the latest version of the law, please refer to the links provided.


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