Voimaperheet model to support families

Published: 23.11.2022 6.15

The Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County is starting parenting guidance and early screening of disruptive behaviour in children. Starting from the beginning of 2023, the Voimaperheet model will be introduced in the maternity and child health clinics.

The Voimaperheet model is a form of support developed for the prevention and treatment of childhood behavioural problems. It includes an assessment of the family’s needs for psychosocial support for all families as part of the four-year check-up at the maternity and child health clinic as well as parenting guidance via the Internet and by telephone for families who report their children having behavioural problems and finding them burdensome.

The maternity and child health clinics of Western Uusimaa will introduce a universal parenting programme intended for parents of children aged 3 years, Digitalized Universal Positive Parent Training Intervention (Ole läsnä lapsellesi) (duration 8 weeks). The participation code for the programme is available at the 3-year check-up at the maternity and child health clinic and on the clinic’s website. The programme is available in Finnish and Swedish.

In addition, families with 4-year-old children in Western Uusimaa are offered parenting guidance that is developed for the prevention and early treatment of behavioural problems, Digitally Assisted Parent Training Intervention for Disruptive Behaviour in 4-Year Old Children (Huomaa hyvä lapsessasi) (duration 11 weeks).

Families will be selected for this based on a screening with the help of the Voimaperheet maternity and child health clinic survey which will be mailed to all families in the region during the month before their children turn 4 years old. The form has questions related to the child’s behaviour and mood as well as the family’s well-being. Families who answer in the survey that their child might have behavioural problems that are causing stress will be offered the opportunity to take part in an individual parenting guidance programme and the related EU-funded Digiparent research project.

Participation is free of charge, voluntary and confidential for all families. 

The guidance will take place centrally at the University of Turku’s Research Centre for Child Psychiatry. The programme is available in Finnish and Swedish.

Voimaperheet videos for families:

Digitalized Universal Positive Parent Training Intervention video for families in Finnish(extrernal link)

Digitalized Universal Positive Parent Training Intervention video for families in Swedish(extrernal link)

The website of the Digitalized Universal Positive Parent Training Intervention research project(extrernal link) (University of Turku)

The website of the Digitally Assisted Parent Training Intervention for Disruptive Behaviour in 4-Year Old Children research project(extrernal link) (University of Turku)

More information:
www.utu.fi/voimaperheet(extrernal link)
olelasna@utu.fi