Child welfare notification

A child welfare notification should be made when you observe or learn things that give cause to determining the need for child welfare. Therefore, this is your personal assessment. If you are unsure whether a child welfare notification should be made in certain circumstances, you can ask for advice from the Child Welfare Services without indicating the child’s identity.

The notification obligation pertains to a wide range of parties who have, as part of their work, learnt about a child whose need for treatment and care, development-endangering factors or own behaviour require determining the need for child welfare.

  • If you know the child’s personal identity code, please click the “Go to web service” button above.
  • If you do not know the child’s personal identity code, please fill in the printable child welfare notification (pdf, 100 Kt) and send it to the social welfare office. Contact information is located at the bottom of the form.

On the basis of the contact, 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 telephone to the child welfare services of the child’s area of residence and, outside office hours, to the social and crisis emergency services, tel. 09 816 42439.

If you suspect a crime or sexual offense against a child’s life and health, report it directly to the police and also make a child welfare notification.