Children and young people

A young person fixing a bicycle tyre, looking focused.

Watch the recording of the public event for children and young people – entertainment by Tanhupallo, Ansa Kynttilä and Stig!

The children’s and young people’s own public celebration regarding the new Child Strategy was held online on Wednesday 17 March 2021. A recording of the public event is available on our website until 16 May 2021. The event is held in Finnish and partially in Swedish.

During the event, ministers Krista Kiuru and Annika Saarikko explain why the Child Strategy is so important. Ansa Kynttilä and Tanhupallo, characters from the TV sketch show Putous, entertain the guests, and the event culminates in a performance by musician Stig. Well-known journalist and presenter Marja Hintikka hosts the celebrations, and children and young people also have their voices heard.

Watch the public event on YouTube (in Finnish and partially in Swedish)

Child strategy’s vision is a genuinely child- and family-friendly Finland that respects the rights of the child – a Finland for all children.

Get to know the Child strategy (pdf)!

Do you know the children’s rights?

Fundamental and human rights belong to all of us, including all children. You can learn more about the children’s rights on website of the Ombudsman for Children or their website for children (only in Finnish and Swedish).

Why does Finland need a Child Strategy?

The United Nations (UN) adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, and Finland acceded to it in 1991.

The Finnish State must

  1. implement the rights recognised in the Convention
  2. ensure that everyone is familiar with children’s rights.

It is important that we all know and understand children’s rights so that we can respect them in both decision-making and children’s daily lives.

Child Strategy aims to increase the inclusion of children and young people

The Child Strategy will increase the inclusion of children and young people. It is important to create new ways of strengthening the inclusion of all children and young people in society.

On this website, you can learn more about the Child Strategy and learn more about our work.