The basic duty of the Ombudsman for Children is to promote the implementation of children's rights in Finland. At the outset we put an emphasis more on promoting children being heard and their participation. Read more >>
"Childhood Inequality - the Wellbeing of Children as shown by National Indicators", was presented to Minister of Social Services and Health Susanna Huovinen in Helsinki on 25 April. Picture: Heikki Pälviä
Reducing inequality between children requires the prevention of
both financial and care poverty, says Ombudsman for Children Maria
Kaisa Aula in her latest annual report. Although statistics
indicate that Finnish children are doing well, the wellbeing of
approximately one in ten minors is under threat. The report, titled
"Childhood Inequality - the Wellbeing of Children as shown by
National Indicators", was presented to Minister of Social Services
and Health Susanna Huovinen in Helsinki on 25 April.
New operating models needed in services for children and families
English summary of the Annual report
Annual Report 2014: Wellbeing of Children in Finland (in Finnish) Statistical background for the Annual Report (in Finnish)
Tuomas Kurttila, who works as the Executive Director of Finnish
Parents' League, is the new Ombudsman for Children in Finland.
Ombudsman for Children Maria Kaisa Aula is happy that the
appointment of the new Ombudsman proceeded quickly. – During the
past years, Tuomas Kurttila has supported the work of Ombudsman for
Children in many ways, Maria Kaisa Aula states.
The new Ombudsman for Children will begin his work in Jyväskylä on 1 May 2014
High quality child care is no longer possible without the voice
of children and young people. Maria Kaisa Aula, the Ombudsman for
Children in Finland, and Helena Inkinen, member of the experience
group Survivors speaking about children's contribution in the
Conference of Council of Europe on March 27–28.
"Protect your dreams - safeguard the hope"(PPT)
Maria Kaisa Aula, Ombudsman for Children, has resigned from
office. She will finish work at the end of April 2014. "I have been
enthusiastically involved in establishing this new authority in
Finland that promotes the human rights of children. The work has
been creative and rewarding in content, but also stressful because
the office is understaffed," she gives the reason for resigning.
Media release on the resignation of the Ombudsman for Children
Universal Children's Day is celebrated on Wednesday 20 November.
This year in Finland, particular emphasis is given to the rights of
those children and adolescents who have some disability that
affects their life. "Have faith in my strengths" is the message
children wish to communicate to adults.
Children's rights belong to all children
The Nordic Ombudsmen for Children and pediatric experts are of
the opinion that circumcision without medical indications in
conflict with Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child. There are no health-related grounds to circumcise young boys
in the Nordic countries.
Joint statement from the Nordic Ombudsmen for Children and pediatric experts
Ombudsman for Children in Finland presented her activities at
the ENOC meeting in Brussels in the end of September. Here you can
upload the presentations.
Municipality fit for children - opinion making project (pdf)
Rights of the deaf and hard of hearing children in Finland (pdf)
The Nordic and Baltic ombudsmen for children urge the Estonian
and Lithuanian governments and parliaments to take decisions to ban
corporal punishment of children in legislation. Similar measures
are expected from the decision-makers of the Greenland
Active campaigning is needed
The common statement of the ombudsmen for children
The Ombudsman for Children in Finland reminds municipal and
state authorities of their duty to communicate on services for
children, young people and families, as well as on the related
instruments of legal protection, in an efficient and intelligible
manner. The Ombudsman for Children receives hundreds of
communications from citizens each year.
The counceling must also reach children and young people
The Annual Report 2013 in Finnish and Swedish with an abstract in English
The priorities of the Ombudsman for Children's operations in
2013 include utilising the experience-based knowledge of children
and young people in the development of municipalities, and
promoting the legal protection and security of children and young
people. The national theme of the Children's Rights Day 2013 will
be the rights of disabled children.
Office of the Ombudsman for Children's Action Plan for 2013.pdf
Information in Russian on the Office of Ombudsman for Children in Finland
The Ombudsman for Children, the Mannerheim League for Child
Welfare, the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the
Environment for Central Finland, and the Regional State
Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland propose
measures for the eradication of school bullying.
Children have the right to a safe learning environment
Maria Kaisa Aula, the Ombudsman for Children, delivered her
annual report, Lasten ja nuorten kunta luo hyvinvointia
(Childfriendly municipality creates wellbeing) to Henna Virkkunen,
Minister of Public Administration and Local Government, at
Parliament House on June 19.
Annual Report of the Ombudsman for Children 2012 (In Finnish) >>
Abstract "Childfriendly municipality creates wellbeing" >>
Almost ninety children and 24 sets of parents were interviewed
for this publication which is a collaboration of the Ombudsman for
Children in Finland, the Finnish Association of the Deaf and the
Finnish Association of Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Children. It includes comments from experts in deafness and
sign language. The publication concludes with a list of
recommendations from the Ombudsman for Children in Finland.
English summary of the publication ”Hey, look at me!”>>
Welsh National Assembly members visited Finland where corporal
punishment of children has been banned since 1984. The ombudsman
for children in Finland presented the national action plan
2010-2015, Don't hit the child! 29.2.2012
National Institute for Health and Welfare hosted the study tour >>
How to encourage a child to step into someone else's shoes and
face dissimilarity? The question is answered in the Manual on Human
Rights Education for Children, Compasito, which was recently
published in Finnish in cooperation with the Council of Europe.
Compasito guide book in Finnish (PDF 21 Mt) >>
Council of Europe’s Compasito pages>>
A representative group of powerful bodies in education,
religion, the economy and society encourages Finns to make everyday
life better with small actions. We can have a positive influence by
saying hello, eating together, and by making a statement if someone
is being bullied against.
Updating of Finnish traditions of care and upbringing >>
The theme of the Universal Children's Day this
year is children's right to upbringing. The Ombudsman for Children
in Finland and different organisations working with children,
adolescents and families want to draw people's attention to the
significance of the upbringing children receive at home and the
importance of adults working in partnership.
Use positive upbringing and your authority, not violence >>
The Ombudsman for Children considers Finland's disability policy
as too adult-centred. She is demanding a child impact assessment
for the new legislation.
- We must ensure that children with special needs and their families obtain the necessary services regardless of where they live, says Maria Kaisa Aula.
The right to be a child, not just a target for services >>
New publication on the rights of the disabled child (in Finnish) >>
A new focus area in the activities of the Ombudsman for Children
in Finland is the improvement of the legal protection of children
and young people. We want to help adults to utilize better children
́s experience in the promotion of the quality of services.
Report of the Ombudsman for Children in Finland at the ENOC annual meeting >>
ENOC meeting in Warsaw looks at children in institutions >>
Children feel that the most effective way of reducing corporal
punishment is helping parents with their problems. A survey
of children carried out by the Office of the Ombudsman for Children
also shows that it is important to increase children's confidence
in services and the adults who provide them. The results of the
survey were utilised by the committee on corporal punishment. Read
Publication 'Don't hit the child' >>
Ministry press release >>
Press release of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children >>
The Ombudsman for Children and NGOs promoting children's rights
are pleased with the recommendations issued to the Finnish
government by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child last
Monday. The focus of the recommendations was on children's
wellbeing at school and the quality of child welfare services, as
More participation by children in the day-to-day operations of schools >>
UN Committee recommendations in English >>
The Ombudsman for Children in Finland's Yearbook 2011 is a
decision-maker's manual for a child-friendly Finland. It was
presented to the Finnish Parliament on 16 July. According to the
Yearbook, ‘Time for Children - Emphasis on Upbringing', and the
discussion book, ‘Ten Questions on Upbringing', both released in
June 16, parents must not leave their children to grow up alone,
and parents must not be left to bring up their children alone.
Summary in English >>
The Yearbook in Finnish and Swedish, with a summary in English >>
Children and young people do not have sufficient access to
intelligible information on their rights as patients. They rarely
contact the patient ombudsman directly, even though the services
should be accessible to patients of all ages.
Ombudsman for Children investigates the status of child patients >>
Intolerance, premature adulthood and lack of participation were
mentioned by children's and adolescents' interest groups as points
of improvement in Finland. They met with Maria Herczog, a member of
the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, in Jyväskylä.
Read more about the meeting between the UN Rapporteur and young people >>
The presentations of children and young people to UN rapporteur Maria Herczog >>
Child impact assessment has progressed in Finland little by
little during last ten years. There are pilots and good practices
both at national and local level. The Ombudsman office has
published a research report on the issue.
Read more >>
Summary of the situation in Finland >>
Guidebook on child impact assesment >>
What causes prime ministers of the Nordic countries, the Baltic
countries and Great Britain to address family issues? The indicators of a nation's success are changing. Secondly, people are interested in the success of the Nordic model. Public services aimed at families are designed to support both the employment of mothers and fathers and the welfare of the children.
Read more >>
Summary of the discussionin UK summit >>
The first report issued by the Finnish Ombudsman for Children to
the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child stresses information
gained from surveys and research conducted among children.
Read the release >>
Read the report in English >>
The statement of the Ombudsman in Geneva>>