The website Kasvun kumppanit (‘Partners promoting the well-being of children’) gathers together the National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL’s research knowledge on children, young people and families. The data is on offer online in a practical format.
The target group for the website is primary health and social services professionals who work with children, young people and families, specifically staff at maternity and child welfare clinics, day-care centres and schools, and policy-makers in social welfare, health care and education services. Other website users include staff in specialised health and social services, families, researchers, journalists, NGOs, students and teachers at vocational institutes, polytechnics and universities.
The aim of the website is to improve the standard of services for children, young people and families in Finland. The idea is to promote the creation of a flexible service package bringing together the various services in the field. The website emphasises the importance of universal services for children, young people and families, and indirectly reduces differences in wellbeing and regional differences in services.
Prominent background values include the well-being of children and families, preventive work, equal access to services and continuity in transitional periods. Transitional periods have a major impact in the lives of children and families, and a multidisciplinary approach is particularly important at stages of transition from one service to the next, e.g. day care to school.
The website emphasises the importance of children, young people and families, and of services for families, along with the importance of the work done by those who work with these groups. The aim is to promote a multidisciplinary and inclusive approach that fosters a sense of community. The ultimate aim is to ensure more dialogue between adults and between adults and children. The focus is on partnership in the interests of promoting the well-being of children.
• THL research and development data on children, young people and families
• models and methods for developing work practices
• information on legislation
• guidelines and recommendations
• basic information on service structures and services
• press releases and news from the field
• information on training events in Finland
Feedback (Kasvun kumppanit)
Child, Adolescent and Family Services Unit
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
P.O. Box 30, FI-00271 Helsinki, Finland