Student Welfare in Vocational Upper Secondary Education
- Public service
Students and their guardians are encouraged to contact teachers and student welfare personnel in all questions about the student’s welfare. Issues that give concern may be for example learning and difficulties in learning, the student’s relations to others, bullying, changing life situations in the family or different kinds of crisis. There are no topics to big or small to be discussed – it is important that you’re not left alone with your worries!
Student welfare refers to actions taken to ensure that the students have possibilities to engage in their studies properly, to have good mental and physical health, and to enjoy a good social wellbeing. All persons working in the educational establishment are responsible for student welfare.
Student welfare is carried out primarily as preventive, collective student welfare that supports the educational establishment. In other words, we develop the well-being of the entire community establishment and all of its students, and take care of school safety and comfort.
Students may receive help and support from a curator, psychologist or a public health nurse at the school/institute. If the student is provided help by several professionals, they may set up a multi-professional expert group with the student’s consent.
Do the following
Student welfare curator and psychologist can be reached by phone and via email.
To whom and on what terms
Students have a statutory right to individual student welfare, consisting of school health care services, student welfare psychologist and curator services, and multidisciplinary student welfare services directed to individual students when needed. Individual student care is always based on the student’s, and when necessary, also the guardian’s, consent. However, guardians do not have the right to forbid their children from using student welfare services. Issues discussed during individual student welfare appointments are confidential, and the work is carried out according to the rules and regulations on disclosure of information and secrecy.
Whenever students express their wish to have a personal discussion with a psychologist or a curator, a discussion time must be arranged within seven establishment workdays counted from the day when the student asked for a discussion. In acute situations, the discussion has to be organized during the same day or the following day. The urgency of the matter is assessed by a professional student welfare employee. Students are to be given a possibility for a personal discussion also if their guardian asks for it.
The service is free of charge.
Students in vocational education and training are entitled to student welfare services that promote their physical, psychological and social health and well-being, thus supporting their studying and learning. Student welfare services include the services of public health nurses, psychologists and school social workers.
Responsibility for organising student welfare services rests with the educational institution and the municipality in which it is located. They provide student welfare services for all vocational education and training students, regardless of the municipality in which the students are residents.
Special attention in the student welfare services is given to students in need of special support and those with minority linguistic and cultural backgrounds.