Child Psychiatric Unit

We offer 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 behavioral challenges. Our work lasts for a fixed period and focuses on the specific needs of each child and family.

In situations requiring child psychiatric consultation, we provide anonymous support, guidance, counseling, and psychoeducation to support children and families in their everyday environments.

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 and the child needs special support in relation to child psychiatric issues, our partners can consult the 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 unit’s multidisciplinary team of professionals includes child psychiatrists, psychologists, a neuropsychologist, nurses, a speech therapist, an occupational therapist, a secretary, a service supervisor, and the unit manager.

The unit does not offer child psychiatric emergency services or acute consultation. Urgent cases requiring emergency services are always directly referred to a health centre by the consulting authority. Health centre staff will then assess the need for a referral to the HUS Child Psychiatric Acute Ward.