Assessing the need for child protection

When a child welfare report has been filed, the need for child protection is analyzed. The analysis—in which the child and the family participate—charts the family's everyday living, wellbeing and problem situations. The primary goal of child protection is always to make it possible for the child to live at home.

Initial meeting

Participants in the meeting consist of the family and two social workers. If an official filed the report, he or she will also participate in the meeting. In the meeting, the participants hear the contents of the child welfare report; are informed about the process to come; and agree on the next meetings.

Meeting with the child

Special attention is paid to the child's opinions, thoughts, and feelings. The social worker tries to act as an interpreter of the child's feelings and to describe how the child feels. It is important that siblings be involved, even if the concern were only about one of the family's children.

Meeting with the parents

A meeting of its own will be arranged for the parents where the family's everyday life, problems, children's school attendance, leisure, and issues related to parenting will be handled.

Cooperation with other parties

Examining the support, help and services that the family receives. For instance, the social worker contacts the counseling bureau, day-care center and school to get a clear picture of the child's overall situation.

Written summary

A written summary will be drawn and discussed with the family. Potential continuation of child protection work is agreed with the family. If the work continues, the family will be designed a social worker, and a customer plan will be compiled together with the family. When the work is completed, the family may be referred to other forms of support.