The rights of children in hospitals in Norway are protected by regulations based on the hospital statute: Regulations covering children in hospital, signed in 1989. These regulations cover matters such as the schooling of hospitalized children, the housing of parents, the economic rights of parents and information. We interviewed hospital management at two different levels of administration to find out how they put these regulations into practice. We found a certain gap between what the law demands and what the hospitals actually provide e.g. with regard to children on adult wards, firm point of contact, activity areas and provisions for education, clarification of parents' duties and respite facilities, reimbursement of expenses and issue of regulations. We conclude that the time has come for hospitals to report on the actions taken to ensure children's rights and for amendment to the law.