Organisations and citizens

A child sits on a parent’s lap while a nurse listens to the child’s chest with a stethoscope.

The competence and expertise of organisations and other parties are strongly featured in the preparation and implementation of the Strategy.

It is hoped that non-governmental organisations will disseminate information on the Strategy to their own members and stakeholders so that this information would reach as many children, young people and adults as possible. An electronic survey promoting participation (stm.fi) was conducted in September-October 2020. Find more information about participation on our website.

Child Strategy is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child  

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child stated in 2011 that Finland does not have a comprehensive policy and plan – a national child strategy – in place to fully implement the Convention.  

Organisations have actively promoted awareness of the Convention and the preparation of the Child Strategy in Finland. They have also further developed, for example, training on the rights of the child, assessment of effects on children and child-oriented budgeting as well as the inclusion of children as part of their own activities. This work helps the preparation and implementation of the National Child Strategy.  

National Child Strategy in brief 

In its Programme (vnk.fi), Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government has committed to preparing a National Child Strategy that is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

The vision of the Strategy is a child- and family-friendly Finland that respects the rights of the child. The Strategy will ensure that the rights and wellbeing of children are realised as fully as possible. 

The Child Strategy is being prepared in two stages: 

  • The long-term objectives and measures will be recorded in the actual Child Strategy. The Strategy is being prepared by a parliamentary committee appointed for the purpose, and it will be completed by the end of 2020.  
  • The implementation plan for the Strategy will set out the objectives and measures for the government term and the resources available for them. The first implementation plan will be drawn up in 2021.  

Child Strategy prepared through collaboration  

We all have a role to play in preparing and implementing the Child Strategy. The Prime Minister’s Office has appointed a monitoring group and a working group consisting of public officials to support the preparation and implementation of the Strategy.   

Read more about the Child Strategy