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The Government Programme
Government Programme of Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi’s Government 22 June 2010
The Government Programme is an action plan agreed by the parties represented in the Government and it sets out the main functions of the Government.

Government Programme of Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi’s Government was submitted to Parliament in the form of a Government statement on 22 June 2010. The Government will proceed with the implementation of decisions of Matti Vanhanen’s second Government, Government Programme and the Mid-Term Policy Review.  The Government Programme


The policy programme for the well-being of children, youth and families

The policy programmes, as set out in the Government Programme, cover broad-based intersectoral issues to ensure the attainment of the Government’s key objectives. The policy programme for the well-being of children, youth and families launched by Prime Minister Vanhanen's second Cabinet is divided into three areas;

  • a child-oriented society
  • well-being families and
  • prevention of social exclusion

These pages give more information on the policy programme and its objectives.

Gender equality and multicultural aspects are cross-cutting themes that are brought to force in each area and action of the policy programme. 

 

The Development Programme for Child and Youth Policy forms a base for the Policy Programme

The Development Programme for Child And Youth Policy 2007 - 2011 adopted by the Government in December 2007 in accordance with the Youth Act creates a basis for the Policy Programme and the cross-sectoral objectives. The Development Programme can be downloaded as a pdf-file from the website of the Ministry of Education. Read more

Reports of the Ministry of Education

Reports of the Ministry of Education

Strengthening the coordination between child and youth policy – developing and harmonising the general provisions of the Child Welfare Act and the Youth Act concerning the growth and well-being of children and young people 

Abstract

On 17 December 2009, the Ministry of Education appointed a working group to assist the committee appointed by the Ministry on 1 October 2009 to draw up a report on the structural development within administration concerning the comprehensive management of the growth and well-being of children and young people, ranging from early childhood to working life.

The task of the working group was to draw up proposals for the committee on developing the relationship between the Child Welfare Act (417/2007) and the Youth Act (72/2006) in order to strengthen interaction between the welfare plans as referred to in section 12 of the Child Welfare Act and the Youth Policy Programme as referred to in section 4 of the Youth Act, promote the evaluation of the impacts on children in the preparation of decisions by central administration and municipalities, and amend the regulations on the general obligations to hear key parties pursuant to the Child Welfare Act and the Youth Act.

Key proposals of the working group:

  • Monitoring the well-being of children and young people should be established as a special policy theme in the strategy documents of future governments.
  • A ministerial working group on child, youth and family policy should be appointed, assisted by a preparatory committee consisting of representatives of the ministries and other potential relevant actors.
  • Municipalities will be encouraged to develop the provision of welfare services for children and young people in accordance with so-called life-cycle thinking.
  • The legislation on the Youth Policy Programme and the municipal welfare plans for children and young people should be harmonised.
  • The provisions on the Youth Policy Programme should be revised.
  • The provisions on the municipal welfare plans for children and young people should be revised.
  • A broad-based advisory board on the well-being of children and young people should be established.
  • A secretariat should be appointed to the advisory board on the well-being of children and young people.
  • Provisions on municipalities’ monitoring groups on the well-being of children and young people should be included in the legislation.
  • The production of statistics and research on the well-being of children and young people should be ensured.
  • The legislation on the opportunities of children and young people to participate and have an influence should be improved.
  • Provisions on the evaluation of the impacts on children should be added to the legislation.

The amendments proposed by the Committee can be carried out by either amending the relevant sections in valid law or compiling the proposed amendments into a new act on promoting the well-being of children and young people. As its primary alternative, the Committee proposes that a new act on the well-being of children and young people be enacted.