Student Welfare Services
The goal of the Student Welfare Services is to enhance the wellbeing of the school environment and also to ensure support in learning, health and wellbeing. Working towards better wellbeing concerns all members of staff at the school.
Each school has a community welfare team (CWT) which deals with the general well-being of the school environment. The community welfare team consists of the principal or the assistant principal, special education teacher, student counselor (for junior high), school social worker, school psychologist and school nurse. The CWT also meets with student representatives and teachers to discuss the atmosphere and wellbeing of classes. Promoting well-being in the school consists of working with important topics such as increasing students’ participation in the school life, co-operation between homes and school and collaboration with various outside parties.
If a teacher (or other staff member) has a concern about a student, he/she will first discuss the matter with the student and the guardians. A multidisciplinary team can be gathered for matters regarding individual students and planning their support measures. This group always includes the student’s guardians. Students’ affairs are handled in strong cooperation between the student, guardians and the school staff. Students’ wishes and opinions are always taken into consideration. The work of this group is always confidential. Depending on the matter, the multidisciplinary team can include e.g. the class teacher, special education teacher, student counselor (for junior high), school social worker, school psychologist and/or school nurse. Should the student or guardians wish, other authorities outside school may also attend the meetings.
Students also have access to the school social worker’s, school psychologist’s and the school nurse’s services. Students can discuss their matters confidentially one-on-one with these professionals. According to the law, students are entitled use these student welfare services without guardians’ consent.
Should you have any questions concerning the student welfare services, please contact the members of the community welfare team.