31.10.2017

Statistics of the month: Accessibility to student welfare services has improved

According to data collected by the Finnish National Agency for Education and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), accessibility to student welfare services has improved in recent years. Data on the development of student welfare services in basic and upper secondary education in Finland has been gathered since 2007.

Student welfare services refer to activities that promote and maintain learning, good physical and mental health and social well-being in the school community. The most important student welfare services include school health services, psychologist and school social worker services, and other activities which have been defined the curricula and student welfare service plans drawn up in the schools.
The figures presented here are based on the results obtained from school surveys.

Health promotion work is proceeding in the desired direction

In basic education, the accessibility to student welfare services has improved in all surveyed fields, when looking at the results in the whole country from 2009 to 2015.

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Source: TEAviisari ā€“ Health promotion capacity building in basic education

Despite positive development, there is still room for improvement as most of the services did not reach a good level (75 points or more). It is also good to consider that the situation may vary regionally.

The change has also been positive in upper secondary general and vocational education in the period from 2012 to 2016. However, as in basic education, most of the services did not reach a good level.

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Source: TEAviisari ā€“ Health promotion capacity building in upper secondary education

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Source: TEAviisari ā€“ Health promotion capacity building in vocational education

How is information on health and well-being collected?

Benchmarking of Local Health Promotion Capacity (TedBm) gathers data on resources and accessibility of student health services. The results at municipality level and at school level for schools that have given a permission to publish the results can be found at TEAviisari, an online service maintained by the National Institute for Health and Welfare.

School Health Promotion Study has monitored the well-being and health of children and adolescents for the past 20 years. The results (in Finnish) can be found here.

According to data collected by the Finnish National Agency for Education and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), accessibility to student welfare services has improved in recent years. Data on the development of student welfare services in basic and upper secondary education in Finland has been gathered since 2007.