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How children’s welfare costs accumulate?
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How children’s welfare costs accumulate?

Hanna Heinonen, Antti Väisänen, Tiia Hipp. How child welfare costs accumulate? 2014. Central Union for Child Welfare, National Institute for Health and Welfare. ISBN 978-952-7002-03-2 (PDF).

Central Union for Child Welfare and National Institute for Health and Welfare examine the costs of child welfare service paths by dividing service paths into smaller parts. Attention is drawn to the kinds of decisions made on the selected services for children, adolescents and families. In addition, this approach allows to evaluate whether child welfare applies the principle of the least intrusive intervention possible, or whether the lack of alternatives leads to offering families heavy support actions too easily. Also the costs of preventive work are assessed.

The study is based on fictional client cases, which enable examining different support services for different families, how services are chained into service paths, as well as the costs of these paths. The client cases were created by experts, based on existing research and experience on child welfare clients and the kinds of problems these children, adolescents and their families have.

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