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.
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.
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.
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.
The policy area concerns marriage and divorce, paternity and co-maternity, custody, names, adoption and also international child abduction.
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.
The policy area includes all public and private day care and pre-school facilities for children between 0 and 5 years of age.