Responsibility areas of the ministry

Disadvantaged Children and Young People

Disadvantaged Children and Young People

The objective is to strengthen the personal resources of disadvantaged children, young people and their families, with the goal of providing them with the same opportunities for development as their contemporaries.

Marginalized Adults

Socially Excluded Adults

The policy area includes socially excluded people affected by for example homelessness, alcohol or drug abuse, mental illness, prostitution or violence in intimate relations. People who experience these problems are entitled to support according to the Act on Social Services.

People with Disabilities

Disability Policy

The policy area concerns children and adults with physical or mental disabilities who are entitled to support according to the Act on Social Services. The support must among other things consider the needs following reduced functional capacity.

Voluntary Social Work

Civil Society

The policy area concerns volunteering - among citizens, organizations and in municipalities collaborating with the voluntary sector. The aim of policy in this area is among other things to support an active and engaged civil society.

Family Law

Family Law

The policy area concerns marriage and divorce, paternity and co-maternity, custody, names, adoption and also international child abduction.

International Affairs

International Collaboration and Responsibility

The Ministry participates in activities in a number of international organizations including the EU, the Council of Europe, the UN and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Early Childhood Education and Care

Early Childhood Education and Care

The policy area includes all public and private day care and pre-school facilities for children between 0 and 5 years of age.