Children, youth and families

The MSAH is responsible for family policy as well as maintaining and developing the welfare of children, youth and families jointly with other ministries.

The MSAH's scope of responsibility is particularly concerned with developing social and health services and safeguarding incomes for families with children.
The ministry also promotes the reconciliation of work and family life.

Finland has completed its first National Child Strategy. The goal is a society that respects the rights of children. The preparation of the National Child Strategy is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Developing child and youth services

The Ombudsman for Children monitors the implementation of the rights of the child.

Children's are enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Finland ratified the Convention in 1991. The agreement binds the state, municipalities, parents and other adults to the implementation of children's rights in various fields.

In Finland the Ombudsman for Children promotes, monitors and assesses the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Further information on Child Welfare

Further information

Anna Cantell-Forsbom, Director General 
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Department for Clients and Services in Healthcare and Social Welfare / APO Telephone:0295163351   Email Address: