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Functional Families - Evidence-based Welfare Models for Family Work in Finland and Karelia

Project title Functional Families - Evidence-based Welfare Models for Family Work in Finland and Karelia
Database Data manually inserted in the NDPHS Database
ID in the source database 1465
Thematic area
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Mental Health
  • Other area(s)
Topic Child and adolescent well-being and coping at home, school and among peers; prevention of social isolation
Project geographical area
  • Finland
  • Russia
Substate level / administrative units /regions
  • Karelia Republic
  • Petrozavodsk City and Prionezhski Rayon in the Republic of Karelia, and Oulu Province in Finland
Lead partner (organisation) National Institute for Health and Welfare, International Affairs, Finland
Lead partner (owner or/and project manager) no data
Partner organisations
Start date 2013-02-01
End date 2014-12-31
Duration (months) 23
Target audience Professionals working with families and children in the social and educational sectors; decision-makers.
Summary Joint capacity building and enhanced information exchange in social family work between Finland and Republic of Karelia for the benefit of children's well-being and family integrity.
Background Absence of capacity to diagnose child's problem related to family life or peers often lead to sad consequences for the child. Nowadays parents don't notice their child's needs and perils, and therefore teachers' and school social and health staff's role in helping the child and their family has come to foreground.
Objectives Support to evidence-based and culturally sensitive family work in Finland and Karelia through improved information and culturally sensitive knowledge, shared experience and development of new approaches to social work with families on the edge of disintegration.
Specific objectives/indicators The objective to be achieved by means of: • improved information available for civil servants working with child and family issues, and • disseminating and further testing in practice the Functional Children and Families Scheme in new sites in Finland and Karelia.
Results • Child welfare indicator system with a special focus on substance abuse enhanced and tested in North Ostrobothnia (Raahe, Karelia); a set of child welfare indicators adapted for Karelia and the implementation of the indicator system in supported , taking stock of the work already done there; • workshop in Raahe (Spring 2013) and two workshops in Petrozavodsk (Spring 2013, Autumn 2014) with Finnish and Karelian experts; • Establishment of a cohort study in Karelia on the basis of the design of the Finnish Cohort 1987 Study promoted and regional dissemination of the Finnish Cohort Study 1987 results promoted in Finland; • dissemination workshop in Petrozavodsk (Autumn 2013) with Finnish and Karelian experts; • SWOT-analysis of family services and family cultures in North Ostrobothia and Karelia (two sparsely populated regions) indicating the cultural specifics and differences of both North Finland and Karelia with the aim of improving social work and mutual cooperation; • workshop in Oulu with a systematic report; • Altogether 4 joint trainings (2 x (2+2) days) focusing on training the trainers for further implementation of the Functional Children and Families Scheme implemented in Karelia and Finland; • trainings in Raahe (2) and Petrozavodsk (2), partly based on distant learning model; • Feedback report from the trainings concerning the strengths and weaknesses of the Functional Children and Families Scheme in new contexts prepared by the project management (Finland, Karelia); • Joint publication of the seminar proceedings and other relevant papers in electronic or paper form – responsibility of the project management.
Total foreseen budget EUR 350,000
Total implementation costs
(for completed projects, if available)
no data
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Financing agencies / organisations European Union
Project's URL / project's website
Papers associated with this project no data
Further information Project Manager - Dr. Simo Mannila (, Project Coordinator - Dmitry Titkov ( -- Partners -- NGO Vozrozhdenie (Karelia), and NGO Auta Lasta, Finland The funding organisation/agency is ENPI CBC Karelia
Last posted: on 2014-04-03 at 20:29:16

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