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Responsible for the service Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki

Children's homes

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

The purpose of care in children's home is to provide the placed children with a safe and inspiring growth environment, as well as balanced and diverse development. Living in a children's home may be temporary or long-term. The duration of the placement depends on the children's needs and the situation of the whole family. Some children's homes also have their own schools.

A children's home is a community of children, young people and adults, where trained and competent personnel take care of the children and their upbringing. The personnel ensures that the children's home is a safe and pleasant environment.

The basic needs and wellbeing of the children are looked after in the children's home, including a regular daily rhythm, meals and sufficient and peaceful sleep. During the child's stay at the children's home, his or her schooling is ensured and other support is arranged as necessary. There are always adults to whom the child can go. The child also has an appointed adult, who will primarily take care of the child's business and will assist him or her in all matters.

When the placement at the children's home starts, a care and growth plan will be compiled for the child. It defines the objectives of the work and the cooperation with the child's close network.

To whom and on what terms

Children of various ages live in children's home, when they, for one reason or another, cannot live at home with their parents. Cooperation with the social worker from the community care of child welfare services is required before the child can be placed into a children's home. The placement will be carried out when the support measures of community care are not sufficient in order to secure the safe growth and development of the child.

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

Background information

The care of a person who, because of their age, disability or other reason, needs special care and attention may be organised in an institution if this is justified to protect their health and safety. Institutional care in a care home or some other social welfare unit may be provided over short term, or it may be continuous. It may be part time or provided round the clock.

The institutional care of a person with disabilities must be based on medical and social reasons rather than, for example, the great number of services they need. The person's views must be taken into account in all aspects of care.

Rehabilitation, care and attention that meet their needs must be organised for a person living in an institution. An effort should also be made to organise a safe, home-like and stimulating living environment for him or her. The person’s primary carer is responsible for planning their individual care.

Institutional care is organised by both public and private service producers.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languageFinnish
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 1/23/2022