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Social reporting

What is social reporting?

"The problems tackled in social work are becoming increasingly complex combinations of a number of different issues, such as various disadvantages, poverty, inadequate communities and natural support networks, parents' disadvantages during their own childhoods, problems related to health and well-being, problems related to children's school performance, etc. What we need are transadministrative measures that can address these problems at an early stage." (social worker, Helsinki)

Finland's new Social Welfare Act entered into force in spring 2015. The new legislation aims to ensure that municipal residents have access to the services they need, when they need them, and as conveniently as possible. In addition to this, the Act aims to promote the well-being of municipal residents by means of steering and guidance as well as structural social work, for example. The aim of structural social work is to influence, change and develop living environments as well as social and service structures. One of the key tools used to conduct structural social work is social reporting. Social reporting is used to convey information related to social well-being and social problems. This information is relayed to decision-makers, municipal residents, officials and politicians and utilised in the development of services.