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Child protection legislation to be upgraded

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 26.10.2006 11.00
Press release -

The government has proposed a reform of child protection legislation in order to make it more responsive to children’s interests.

The reform is also intended to ensure that children and families receive the support and services they need, to improve cooperation between different authorities on child protection and to facilitate better early intervention in problems.

The reform of legislation will enable improvements to be made in a range of areas of child protection and family support, including identifying and notifying of problems, open care, taking children into care, foster care and decision-making on child welfare and follow-up care until children are 21 years old.

The new legislation is set to come into force at the beginning of 2008.

Further information: Senior Officer, Legal Affairs, Eeva Kangasniemi, tel. +358 9 160 73909

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