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.
- Services and benefits for families
- Financial assistance for families with children
- Family life and work
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
Anna Cantell-Forsbom, Deputy Director General
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Department for Communities and Functional Capacity / YTO, Children and Young People Unit / LANU Telephone:0295163351