Child welfare notification

Make a child welfare notification if you notice or hear about something that makes it necessary to investigate whether a child needs protection. The child welfare notification is based on your own assessment of the situation. If you are uncertain whether you should make a child welfare notification, you can contact Child Welfare Services and ask for advice without revealing the child’s identity.

A large number of professionals in different fields have a duty to notify the municipal body responsible for social services if, in the course of their work, they discover that the need for child welfare services should be investigated because of a child’s need for care, circumstances endangering a child’s development, or a child’s behaviour.

Please note!
The child welfare notification has been moved to a new location. Click the “Go to web service” button to directly go to the new Omapalvelu service. The service is unfortunately only available in Finnish at the moment. If the “Go to web service” button does not work, please clear your browser cache in the browser settings.

To see your old information, follow this link.

The new form will not display information from previously submitted forms. However, you can still view the old forms. If you would like to store information from old child welfare notifications, please print them or save them on your computer. If the link does not work, please clear your browser cache.

  • If you know the child’s personal identity code, click the “Go to web service” button above and fill in an electronic child welfare notification. The child welfare notification does not work on the Internet Explorer browser. The service works on Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
  • If you do not know the child’s personal identity code, fill in a printable child welfare notification (pdf, 100 Kt) and send it to Social Services. The contact information is at the bottom of the form.

On the basis of the information you provide, a social worker will contact the family and make an assessment of the situation together with the family.

In urgent cases, make a child welfare notification by calling the child welfare services in the child’s residential area. Outside office hours, call Social and Crisis Emergency Services, tel. 09 816 42439.

If you suspect a crime that puts a child’s life and health at risk or sexual abuse, contact the police directly and make a child welfare notification.