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Student wellbeing

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  • Helsinki
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Comprehensive schools are served by multiple-skill student welfare teams. The teams can include the principal, a school nurse and school doctor, a school social worker, a school psychologist, a special needs teacher and guidance counsellor and when needed, a homeroom or form teacher/group leader. The student welfare team works to promote the wellbeing of the school community and seeks solutions to assist pupils in need for support. General upper secondary schools and Helsinki Vocational College employ student welfare teams.

Student affairs are always handled confidentially.

To whom and on what terms

The service is free of charge.

Background information

The pupils in basic education are entitled to guidance counselling. In addition to the guidance counsellor, the tasks of every teacher include guiding pupils in their studies and learning skills and proactively preventing problems related to studying.

Guidance counselling also includes supporting pupils’ self-confidence, personality growth, development and inclusion. Guidance is particularly vital at the transition points of education, in other words when moving from one school to another.

In lower comprehensive school, guidance counselling is usually provided in connection with other instruction and activities. In higher comprehensive school, the pupils have guidance counselling lessons, during which not only study skills and self-knowledge but also possibilities for further studies, occupations and working life are discussed. Each pupil also receives individual guidance on a one-to-one basis or in a small group.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceCity of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: City of Helsinki
Updated: 12/2/2021