Child Psychiatric Unit

The Child Psychiatric Unit offers support in the form of consulting to networks that work with children daily. We assess, observe, examine and treat pre-primary and primary school-age children and their families in cases where the child has significant mental health and behavioural challenges. Network cooperation, mobile work and psychoeducation are important parts of our work. 

We find it important to support children and families in their daily environments in a resource-oriented and encouraging way.

How clients are referred to us

Our partners who work with the children and their families will investigate the situation, challenges and resources of each child and their family as comprehensively as possible and initiate support measures to help them with everyday life. If the assistance and support provided in everyday environments are insufficient, our partners may consult the Child Psychiatric Unit with the consent of the child’s parents/guardians. The partner who consults us will put together a network that will take a comprehensive look at the challenges and resources present in the child’s everyday life. The consulting network aims to find the most suitable form of support for the child and the family to make their everyday life easier. The network will also assess whether the Child Psychiatric Unit should join this work. We usually work together as partners with other sources of support.

The Child Psychiatric Unit is part of the Special Services for Families with Children unit of the City of Espoo. The Child Psychiatric Unit employs a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including child psychiatrists, psychologists, a neuropsychologist, nurses, a speech therapist, an occupational therapist, a ward secretary and the unit manager.

The unit does not offer child psychiatric emergency services or acute consultation. The consulting bodies refer clients requiring emergency services either to a health centre, a school doctor or a child psychiatrist of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).