SOS Children's Villages Finland developing family welfare
SOS Children’s Villages Finland:
Economically sustainable family wellbeing in
partnership with municipalities .
The problems we are trying to solve
• 20% of families account for 60-80% of
social welfare costs.
• Current services focus on corrective
measures, instead of working preventively.
• Family welfare services are dispersed,
which hinders holistic, effective and
sustainable service solutions.
The SOS Children’s Villages approach
Supporting families is not essentially a question of
resources. One family may be surrounded by tens of
professionals. According to our research, a family in
need of support has an average 6 different services /
The problem will not be solved by improving child
protection services, but needs to be seen within a
larger framework of wellbeing.
The agile management of resources for timely and
effective services for families will be central.
Adoptive, early and preventive services form the
backbone of our thinking.
What do we do differently?
An established and simplistic model is not
enough to cover the wellbeing framework.
Developing a cost-effective and efficient as
well as agile model, offering unique
solutions when needed.
Development of a new partnership model
for increasing the impact and cost
effectiveness of family welfare services.
Framework for developing wellbeing
New ideas and plans for communal
challenges will strengthen the
communities’ ability to learn and
continuously improve its operations.
Family welfare basic services close to
the family’s own habitat. Support is
easily approachable and available
through basic services.
A new way of organising know-how
seeks impact, cost effectiveness and
strengthened wellbeing of families
in the municipality.
We have created a new partnership
model for supporting families in
need of diverse know-how.
Communities need to incorporate
physical education, youth and
cultural services as well as
businesses in the framework of
developing family wellbeing.
SOS Children’s Villages, a partner for
• SOS Children’s Villages Finland wants to be at the forefront of promoting
services that enhance the wellbeing of children, youth and families as well
as strong municipalities.
• Co-operation with Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra’s Social Impact
• Co-operation with the Finnish Government’s programme for the
development of child and family services.
• Our first partner is the city of Varkaus (22 000 inhabitants), where we are
jointly renewing child and family services. Based on extensive research we
have developed a new model for the management of resources which will
gradually begin to be implemented at the beginning of 2016. The partnership
between the city of Varkaus and SOS Children’s Villages Finland will last at
least until the end of 2020.
• Co-operation has started with several other municipalities to develop
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