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1 © Tampere – city for children and young people TAMPERE Mia Lumio Childrens Ombudsman City of Tampere

2 © Tampere – city for children and young people 2 WE HAVE A VISION TO SHARE "Tampere is a city for children and young people, where childhood and adolescence are recognised and appreciated as being significant phases in a person's life. In all its functions, the city respects the rights of children and young people to have access to versatile, high-quality services, to participate and to have a say as well as their rights to access to every form of well-being and protection. THE CHILD POLICY PROGRAMME OF THE CITY OF TAMPERE

3 © Tampere – city for children and young people 3 A FORERUNNER IN CHILD AND YOUTH POLICY IN FINLAND A specific child and youth policy programme for promoting the well-being of children, young people and families since 1999 (revised in 2007) The post of Finland´s first municipal Children´s Ombudsman was founded in 2003 –provides information and monitors the development of well-being of children and young people –creates opportunities for children and young people to communicate their opinions and needs –co-ordinates child and youth work –promotes co-operation between all child and young people instances The Childrens Parliament and the Open Youth Forum were made permanent in 2004 A Deputy Mayor to Support Growth of Children and Youth 2007

4 © Tampere – city for children and young people 4 ACTIVE The Week for the Convention on the Rights of the Child Unicef City of Finland

5 © Tampere – city for children and young people 5 The XIIIth ISPCAN EUROPEAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE ISPCAN = International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect An international community of professionals working to prevent child abuse and neglect worldwide founded 1977 Conference will take place in Tampere, Finland in August 2011 The main theme of the conference is 'Challenging Social Responsibilities for Child Abuse and Neglect and the subthemes are –The state, the family, the communities: whose rights, whose responsibilities? –Children as citizens and clients in different settings –Focusing on trauma and therapeutical perspectives

6 © Tampere – city for children and young people 6 CONFERENCE AS A FORUM FOR THE CFC CHILDREN AND YOUTH ? Participating children and youth as professionals A forum for children and youth of Cities for Children network to discuss for example bullying in any form HOW TO INVOLVE CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN THE DISCUSSION ? WHAT ARE THE METHODS OF PARTICIPATION ? HOW ABOUT –via local / national children and youth parliaments? –participating the conference itself ? –prediscussion via internet ?

7 © Tampere – city for children and young people 7 LET´S NETWORK

8 © Tampere – city for children and young people 8 one of the best practices in tackling health inequalities in Europe (EuroHealthNet, 2006) promotes the realisation of children´s rights, develops multiprofessional cooperation in interventions in child abuse cases the target group are children under school age, their families and professionalsNETWORK Local workers in child protection servics, children´s day care services, family work and child welfare clinics, local parish of the church, police, prosecutor and courtOUTCOMES HANDBOOK: the action model for different professionals WORRY SCREENING - EDUCATION: on various methods of early observation and support OUR KIDS – PUBLICATION: An action model to promote and support interaction between a child and his/her parents, a Supervisor´s Guide and a book My Story for children HAND IN HAND – SECURITY FOR CHILDREN -HANDBOOK: for people working with abused children GROUPS: Father, Baby, Arm-in-Arm and Tot groups SAFE LIFE FOR CHILDREN – BEST PRACTICE

9 © Tampere – city for children and young people 9 Tampere - Action Model in child abuse cases First contact Social workerPoliceProsecutorThe CourtUniversity hospital Consultation/ Recieving the C.A. announcement Child abuse is possible Child protection acts Clearing Announcement of crime/ consultation Criminal investigation Investigation with positive results Consideration of the charge Accusation/ Charge Lawsuit The verdict Finding the defendent guilty Check-up and treatment Becoming worried about the child Consultation/ child abuse announcement Psychiatric investigation of the child Becoming worried about the child in healthcare units Recommendation for treatment The statement Suspicion of child abuse Multiprofessional team

10 © Tampere – city for children and young people 10 Finnish Host Organisations University of Tampere Department of Nursing Scince - Concerned with caring for the health of the individual and the family and in everyday life with routine coping Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Concerned with face-to-face interaction in social work, child protection and family, and issues of substance abuse and marginalisation Nordic Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NASPCAN) - Established in in Copenhagen, Denmark in Members from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland and Iceland - The goal is to afford members the opportunity to share experiences, update knowledge as well as stimulate the exchange of knowledge

11 © Tampere – city for children and young people 11 Conference Organisation The conference will be organised by the above-mentioned host organisations The Local Organising Committee (LOC) will be formed of Finnish academics, policy makers and practitioners representing organisations in the field The Local Scientific Committee (LSC) will be formed of the representatives of main research and professional organisations involved in child abuse and neglect prevention in Finland and the Nordic countries All arrangements will be accomplished in close co-operation with ISPCAN Head Office

12 © Tampere – city for children and young people 12 TAMPERE IN BRIEF In 1779 Tampere received its city rights The city is located between two lakes Easily reached by car, bus, train and aeroplane Inhabitants in Tampere nearly , in Tampere region The third biggest city in Finland The biggest inland city in the Nordic countries Centre of education and information society The City of Tampere has the best image comparing the largest cities in Finland (2004) The most attractive city among Finns who plan on moving (2004)

13 © Tampere – city for children and young people CHILDREN AND YOUTH AS PART OF DEMOCRACY Mia Lumio Childrens Ombudsman City of Tampere

14 © Tampere – city for children and young people 14 Why Youth Participation? Children and young people are experts Worry about participation of young people because of low voting rate Young people are far from politics, they are not interested about it Politicians think participation of children and young people is important Appreciation – respect every child and youngster as a person Democracy of citizens – Youth participation is part of it Society is for everyone – its common!

15 © Tampere – city for children and young people 15 Levels of Participation Schools/Students unions Youth houses/ houses committees Other Youths Groups to Act UNIT Cooperative groups of areas/forums AREA CITY REGION The Childrens Parliament The Youth Forum The Forum for Young Peoples Ideas in the Tampere Region & Regions municipalities representatives of Youths opinion- maker groups Participating in Committees and Boards

16 © Tampere – city for children and young people 16 Students unions already exist in secondary schools, upper secondary schools and vocational schools action of students union in upper secondary schools is ordained in a law all pupils of the school are members of students union students union has a board and might have a representative body

17 © Tampere – city for children and young people 17 Goals for Boardmembers of Students Union 1 st and 2 nd grades: member… – knows the students union and its board –learns to participate in to the meetings –knows his/her own task as a member of the board 3 rd and 4 th grades: member… – represents his/her own class in the meetings regularly –uses opportunities to speak actively –asks classs opinion about things that are discussed and speaks on behalf of his/her class –takes responsibility for common things –participates to the planning of action

18 © Tampere – city for children and young people 18 5 th and 6 th grades: member… –can defend and gives reasons for own classs opinion –knows his own and classs possibilities to influence –knows how decisions are made in school –participates to affairs in order to advance them –participates actively and can evaluate his/her own action and also boards action 7 th, 8 th and 9 th grades: member… – discusses about his/her classs opinion and advances it by own action in board meetings –knows manners how the decisions are made in his/her school –acts initiatively and brings things to the debate enterprisingly –understands that evaluation has meaning in progress of students boards action Goals for Boardmembers of Students Union

19 © Tampere – city for children and young people 19 Expansion of the Students Unions activity to Every School a part of participation model in the City of Tampere a students union and its board to every school (expanding to schools of 1-6 grades) in last year reimbursements to teachers who guide students boards (local contract) education for teachers, youth workers and students boards members regularly (twice a year)

20 © Tampere – city for children and young people 20 The Childrens Parliament started in the 2001 by The LOVE Project – from the beginning of the 2004 a part of Youths Services in the City of Tampere to give an opportunity to participate and to influence on childrens own school, environment and city a place where children can make suggestions representatives from comprehensive school (4-6 grades) two meetings in a council hall in a year a board and three active committees

21 © Tampere – city for children and young people 21 The Youth Forum influences on youths living and being happy follows the decisionmaking concerning youths things makes suggestions representatives from schools (7th- former and older) meetings in the council hall twice a year a board and four committees

22 © Tampere – city for children and young people 22 Central administration co-operation Two members of The Forum for Young People are also members of three Committees and three Boards –Committee of Child and Youth Services –Committee of Services Promoting Culture and Quality of Life –Committee of Expertise and Economic Development –Board of Daycare and Basic Education –Board of Upper Secondary Education –Board of Cultural Services Twice a year at the committee of Child and Youth Services –News of the Children´s Parliament –News of the Forum for Young People Each local political party has a contact persons for the Children´s Parliament and the Forum for Young People

23 © Tampere – city for children and young people 23 KIITOS


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