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Social work of youth services

Young people's social work serves 16 to 29-year-old young people in the offices of social work and social guidance.

When the young person's life situation requires an individual service need assessment and systematic working, he or she can make an appointment with a social worker. With the social worker, the young person can think about their life situation and future and look for new perspectives and solutions for the changes required in the different aspects of their life, such as housing, education, work/unemployment, health and social relations.

The social worker can also give information about other services for young people. Cooperation is carried out based on the young person's own needs and wishes and, if necessary, they are guided to use the services of other partners. These services include, among others, housing consultation, services related to education and finding employment, financial and debt counselling, health stations and substance abuse services.

The social worker or social care worker make an appointment and together with the young person make an assesment of the need of social services. On the grounds of that a social work plan is made in which the services offered for the person are listed and how the work is to be continued. Social care workers help the young persons with special needs in everyday life.

Basic social assistance is paid by Kela. Supplementary and preventive social assistance is provided on individual grounds by the City of Helsinki.


Young people

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

Available languages:

Finnish, Swedish

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Social Services and Health Care Division

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