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Emergency social services planned to be nationwide by 2007

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 16.2.2006 7.05
Press release -

Efforts to revamp the social service system in Finland aim to ensure that emergency social services are available in all municipalities nationwide by 2007. At present just a third of the country’s over 400 municipalities have such services.

They include 120 municipalities where emergency social services are arranged as required, and a further 40 where they are organised for child welfare protection. Many municipalities are in the early stages of planning for emergency social care.

To meet the 2007 goal of countrywide coverage and to meet the needs of municipalities with small populations, municipal authorities are working on collaborative strategies to provide sufficient services. This year, the MSAH will issue a guide to municipalities on how to develop the contents of emergency social care.

Further information: Senior Officer Anne Hujala, tel. +358 9 160 73907

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