General

Two children examining the contents of a big insect net in a wooded garden.

National Child Strategy underway

Finland will draw up a National Child Strategy in 2020. The aim of the Strategy is to ensure that the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child will be realised in Finland as fully as possible. The groundwork for the Strategy started in 2018, with the formation of a shared vision, ‘Child’s Time – Towards a National Strategy for Children 2040’.

Why do we need a Child Strategy?

In Finland, most children are doing well, but there are also many challenges when it comes to the realisation of children’s rights. Different decisions and measures affect the status of children, but such effects are not always assessed thoroughly enough beforehand and children’s opinions and views are not taken into account systematically. Studies have shown that many children and young people experience discrimination or loneliness. Not all children receive the support or services they need.

Vision of the Child Strategy

The vision of the Child Strategy is a genuinely child- and family-friendly Finland that respects the rights of the child. The Strategy is being prepared by a parliamentary committee appointed for the purpose, and it will be completed by the end of 2020. Once the Strategy is ready, it will help specify more detailed measures for improving the status of children. These measures will be recorded in an implementation plan to be prepared for each government term.

Participation

Children, young people and adults have already been able to influence the preparation of the Child Strategy by sharing their thoughts about the position and rights of children in an online survey in autumn 2020.

In autumn 2020, workshops on inclusion were organised for children together with organisations.

The information gathered during preparatory work is available for all on the ‘Publications’ page.

Inner circle describing the status of the Child Strategy as the basis of decisions and activities concerning children and outer circle listing the themes of the strategy.