The pupil welfare services offered by the City of Kokkola cover approximately 9,300 children and young people from pre-primary education to general upper secondary schools and secondary-level education. Under the Student Welfare Act, school welfare is primarily implemented through preventive pupil welfare services that support the entire school community as a whole.
In addition, the pupils are entitled to individual welfare services. Pupil welfare is organised in cooperation with the educational and cultural services and the health care and social services so that the resulting entity is as functional and cohesive as possible.
In Kokkola, the operating environment of the pupil welfare services is bilingual, and the City of Kokkola is also responsible for providing student welfare services for the local secondary-level vocational education institutions.
School social workers
School social workers act as social work specialists in school communities. Their work is primarily preventive. The tasks of a school social worker include consultations with different school professionals with regard to individual pupils/students, the whole class or school community, or collaboration with different organisations.
The key feature in school social workers’ tasks is promoting the well-being of pupils/students and supporting their school attendance. Their work can include discussions with pupils/students, working with classes and groups, and planning support measures. The principles that guide a school social worker’s work are maintaining confidentiality, respecting the pupil/student and their guardians, and promoting their social inclusion.
A school psychologist works in a school community as an expert on pupils’/students’ psychological development and as a part of the student welfare services. The key objective of a school psychologist’s work is to promote the well-being of pupils and students, especially in terms of school attendance and learning. In addition, the school psychologist can assess a pupil’s or student’s overall situation and need for support, and, if necessary, refer them to other services.
A school psychologist’s work can include support discussions with pupils and students, working with classes and groups, assessing learning skills, and planning support measures. Their work is based on confidentiality and the obligation of non-disclosure.
With respect to study requests related to learning, we require the teaching staff as well as other partners to consult with the school psychologist. Pupils and students are referred to school psychologists by special-needs teachers.
Pupils, students, guardians and partners can contact the school psychologists by e-mail, telephone or Wilma.
Pupil and student welfare team
E-mail addresses take the form: email@example.com