First implementation plan for Child Strategy sets out 30 new measures to safeguard children’s rights
The Government has finalised the implementation plan for the National Child Strategy. The plan includes a total of 30 new measures to secure the wellbeing of children and young people and to strengthen their rights.
The measures will complement the extensive work already underway and strengthen the structures and knowledge base for long-term and systematic child and family policies.
Measures emphasise inclusion and equality of children
One of the key ideas of the Child Strategy is to secure the status of vulnerable children. This policy will be pursued through a number of measures included in the implementation plan.
The aim is, for example, to draw up a handbook for child welfare that is meant for children and young people and to carry out a pilot which experiments with outreach leisure activities in collaboration with youth workers and helps to reach those who would not necessarily participate in leisure activities otherwise.
In addition, measures will be taken to examine the realisation of the rights of Saami and Roma children and to compile up-to-date information on wellbeing in support of decision-making.
Measures are based on information and impact assessment
The measures set out in the implementation plan must be based on the best available information and the assessment of impacts on children.
The collection and sharing of information play a special role in strengthening the rights of the child. With this in mind, a comprehensive knowledge base will be created for monitoring the wellbeing of children and young people.
Measures will also be taken to put together a training package on the rights of the child and to launch a participation campaign to compile the views of children and young people on how their rights should be promoted.
Each Government to draw up its own plan for implementing Child Strategy
The National Child Strategy aims to create a child- and family-friendly Finland that respects the rights of the child. The Strategy is based on the knowledge base concerning the status of children, young people and families and on Finland’s fundamental and human rights obligations.
Finland’s first National Child Strategy was prepared through parliamentary cooperation and published on 23 February 2021. Each new Government is tasked with preparing and implementing a detailed implementation plan for promoting the policy guidelines of the Strategy during its term of office.
Johanna Laisaari, Secretary General for the National Child Strategy, tel. +358 295 161177, [email protected]