Child welfare report

Who can file a child welfare report?

A private person, the child concerned, or the child's guardian can file a child welfare report. A private person can file the report anonymously. Officials working with children and families are especially obliged to file a child welfare report, if they are concerned about a child.

When to file a child welfare report?

File a child welfare report when:

  • a child's care, upbringing and education are seriously neglected
  • a child is subjected to physical or emotional abuse
  • a child is subjected to physical violence at home
  • parents use a lot of intoxicants
  • a child uses or tries intoxicants
  • there are defects in satisfying a child's physical needs (constant lack of nourishment, proper clothing, sleep, etc.)
  • a child's parents suffer from serious mental-health problems
  • another concern about a child or when a child is left without parents

What happens after filing a child welfare report?

Filing a child welfare report often results in analyzing the need for child protection and in helping the family, that is, goal-oriented change. A child welfare report seldom leads to transfer of guardianship.

The fear that a child is taken away from the family is often connected with child protection. The fact is, however, that the primary task of child protection is always to make it possible for the child to live at his or her home, as well as to resort to the mildest possible measure to help the family.

There are many ways to help families:

  • various forms of family work
  • acquiring a support person or a support family
  • peer group activities
  • child day care
  • home care for families with children
  • child-care services and therapy
  • placing the entire family in family or institutional care
  • vacation and recreational activities
  • financial assistance to children's hobbies and families
  • placement.

Vantaa also provides supported housing and shelters.