What is social law?

Social law is part of administrative law, and includes issues such as the care of children and young people, the care of addicts and forced care.

Matters in social law are often exhaustive and drawn out. The fact that you have confidence in the lawyer who assists you can make it feel a little less heavy.


When a person is cared for against his will or regardless of consent it is about compulsory care. If you or your child is subject to compulsory care, you have the right to a public assistant who assists you in communicating with the social services and the court, and you are free to choose who you want as public assistant.

Compulsory care can be decided, among other things, according to the Act on the Care of Young Persons (LVU), the Act on the Treatment of Addicts (LVM) and the Act on Psychiatric Compulsory Care (LPT).

LVU – Law with special provisions on the care of young people

Laws with special provisions on the care of young people, usually called the law on the care of young people or LVU, is the one that regulates when children under the age of 18 can be forcibly disposed of by the social service because they feel ill, either because of home conditions or their own behavior. Both the child and the guardian are entitled to public assistance in LVU cases.

LVM – Law on the care of addicts in some cases

The Act on the Care of Abusers in some cases, usually called the Act on the Care of Abusers or LVM, makes it possible to treat adult abusers for closed compulsory care after a decision by the administrative court. This only happens when an abuse has gone so far that the person exposes himself or herself to serious danger or injury.

LPT – The law on psychiatric compulsory care

The Psychiatric Forced Care Act, abbreviated LPT, regulates when a person may be taken into custody for psychiatric compulsory care. When a person suffers from severe mental disorder and opposes care, decisions can be made about compulsory care, but the aim must always be that the patient should be able to voluntarily contribute to the necessary care and support.