National Strategy for Children 2040
A vision of Finland that is kind to children and families emerged during the preparatory work for the National Strategy for Children. The whole of society will be needed to contribute to achieving it.
The vision is made tangible through the following seven aims:
- Every child and young person has safe adults in their lives who are close to them and act with their best interests at heart
- Every child, young person and parent or guardian is a member of a community and feels that they belong to it and can make a difference
- Families spend more time together and feel the positive effects
- Children and young people have stronger friendships and feel less lonely
- Every child and young person has a pathway to growth and learning that acknowledges individual differences
- People can have as many or as few children as they wish
- Child poverty will be reduced
To make this vision come true, the key leadership tools include administration and decision-making based on the child’s rights, and a culture led by families and children.
- Child’s Time ̶ Towards the National Strategy for Children 2040 (extended summary, pdf)
Strategy based on research
The preparatory work has relied heavily on scientific data. To build the research foundation for the Strategy for Children, more than a hundred scientists and groups of researchers described their key findings.
Based on research findings, the areas of children’s wellbeing were defined as relationships, learning, inclusion, security and health. In addition, birth rate can determine how favourably society treats children and families
- Enabling Growth, Learning and Inclusion for all ̶ Research findings and recommendations for promoting children and young people’s opportunities for multifaceted growth, health and inclusion (extended summary, pdf)
Towards the National Strategy for Children
The report proposes that the work concerning the Strategy for Children be included in the commitments of the next Government Programme and that the Strategy be completed by the end of 2019.
The aim of this work is to create a systematic, long-term Strategy for Children that is based on scientific data, international conventions on the child’s human rights, and current legislation. Covering several government terms, this is a horizontal Strategy for improving the wellbeing of children, young people and families. The Strategy should therefore provide a comprehensive overview of the matters affecting the lives of children, young people and families in Finland.
Preparation of a national strategy for children was launched in Finland in spring 2018. The goal was to generate and conduct broad-based discussion on child and family policy and to make the Finnish society more child-friendly and family-friendly. The preparation of the strategy was based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
A steering group and a broad-based child forum steered the preparation. A group consisting of researchers and experts in the field worked under the steering group, with responsibility for gathering relevant research data to build a knowledge base.