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Pupil welfare services


School social workers and school social workers in charge will not accept interns in spring 2023. Students interested in an internship in fall 2023 can contact the senior school social worker in spring. Internship requests will be dealt with at a meeting in April and applicants will be informed about a possible internship in May. We offer internships to third year students only.

Notice that internship inquiries must be directed to the senior school social worker. The school social workers will not respond to inquiries addressed to them.

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.

School psychologists

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

Vingenkatu 18A

67100 Kokkola

E-mail addresses take the form:

  • Senior School Social Worker Sanna Sarkkinen-Vuorinen

    Tel. +358 (0)40 8068 438

    – Finnish Kokkola upper secondary school

    – Mariankatu school

    School Social Worker in Charge Jaana Kääntä

    Tel. +358 (0)50 473 0008

    – Lucina Hagman school

    – Halkokari school

    – Rytimäki school

    School Social Worker in Charge Carola Holmbäck-Puskala

    Tel. +358 (0)50 4303 370

    – Hollihaka school

    – Chydenius school

    – Såka school

    -Swedish-speaking pre-primary education units

    School Social Worker Miia Laitakangas-Kalliosalo

    Tel. +358 (0)40 8068 399

    – Koivuhaka school

    – Lohtaja school

    – Lohtajan Kirkonkylän school

    – Rahkonen school

    – Veikko Vionoja school

    School Social Worker Jonna Keskitalo

    Tel. +358 (0)44 7809 169

    – Kiviniitty school

    – Mäntykangas school

    School Social Worker Carola Sandbacka

    Tel. +358 (0)40 4892 206

    – Donnerska  school

    – Karleby svenska gymnasium

    – Såka school

    – Öja school

    School Social Worker Sari Rita

    Tel. +358 (0)44 7809 124

    – Hakalahti school

    – Jokilaakso school

    – Hollihaka school

    School Social Worker Eva-Maria Karlström

    Tel. +358 (0)40 4892 147

    – Kälviä Kirkonkylä school

    – Peltokorpi school

    – Marttila school

    – Ruotsalo school

    – Marinkainen school

    School Social Worker Tuija Tuomala

    Tel. +358 (0)44 7809 382

    – Torkinmäki school

    – Kaustari school

    – Ykspihlaja school

    School Social Worker Mari Parkas

    Tel. +358 (0)40 8068 213

    – Isokylän yhtenäiskoulu

    School Social Worker Sanna Pajukoski

    Tel. +358 (0)40 8068 211

    – Vocational institute; Industry and logistics, construction

    School Social Worker Marika Levijoki

    Tel. +358 (0)40 8068 212

    – Vocational institute; Business, IT, media

    – Conservatory

    School Social Worker Simo Säippä

    Tel. +358 (0)44 7809 046

    – Vocational institute; Health care and social services

    – Vocational institute; Preparatory education (Valma)

    – Vocational institute; Nuka in Kälviä

    – Luovi Vocational College

    School Social Worker Jenni Välisaari (projectemployee)

    Tel. +358 (0) 50 4768 567

    School Social Worker Elina Ihanus (projectemployee)

    Tel. +358 (0) 50 4009 013

    School social worker in pre-primary education Minna Somero

    Tel. +358(0)50 4301 428



  • Senior School Psychologist Johanna Puumala

    Tel. +358 (0)40 8065 352

    – Welfare Campus, Conservatory

    – Kiviniitty school

    – Contact person for the following schools: Mariankatu school, Lohtaja school, Lohtaja Kirkonkylä school, Marinkainen school


    School Psychologist Jetta Aarnio

    Tel. +358 (0) 40 806 5997

    – Vocational school


    School Psychologist Roosa Di Baldo

    Tel. +358 (0)50 432 6414

    – Finnish Upper Secondary School, Ykspihlaja school

    – Contact person for the following school: Ruotsalo school


    School Psychologist Tiia Kyhyräinen

    Tel. +358 (0)40 4892 236

    – Halkokari and Rytimäki school

    – Hakalahti school

    – Contact person for the following schools: Hollihaka school, Jokilaakso school


    School Psychologist Minna Lehtola

    Tel. +358 (0) 40 8065 996

    – Torkinmäki and Kaustari school

    – Lucina Hagman school

    – Tuva (Vocational school), Luovi, Kälviä nuka

    – Contact person for the following schools: Peltokorpi school, Kälviän kirkonkylä school, Marttila school


    School Psychologist Anna-Karin Noromies

    Tel. +358 (0)40 8068 426

    – Chydenius school

    – Villa school

    – Såka school

    – Öja school

    – Swedish Upper Secondary School (Karleby svenska gymnasium)

    – Contact person for the following school: Donnerska school


    School Psychologist Kaisa Saarenpää

    Tel. +358 (0) 40 8065 017

    – Isokylä school

    – Mäntykangas school

    Contact person for the following schools: Veikko Vionoja school, Rahkonen school


    School Psychologist Annika Söderholm

    Tel. +358 (0)50 410 2684

    – Finnish and Swedish preschools

    – Contact person for the following school: Koivuhaka school