Student Welfare in Upper Secondary Education (Lukio)

Students and their guardians are encouraged to contact teachers and student welfare personnel in all questions about the student’s welfare. Issues that give concern may be for example learning and difficulties in learning, the student’s relations to others, bullying, future plans and becoming an adult member of the society, changing life situations in the family, or different kinds of crisis. There are no topics too big or small to be discussed – it is important that you’re not left alone with your worries!

Student welfare refers to actions taken to ensure that the students have possibilities to engage in their studies properly, to have good mental and physical health, and to enjoy a good social wellbeing. All persons working in the educational establishment are responsible for student welfare.

Student welfare is carried out primarily as preventive, collective student welfare that supports the educational establishment. In other words, we develop the well-being of the entire community establishment and all of its students, and take care of school safety and comfort.

Students may receive help and support from a school health nurse, student welfare psychologist, or a student welfare curator. Sometimes it is advised that the case is handled by several experts. In these cases, a multidisciplinary expert group can be assembled with the student’s consent.

Do the following

Student welfare psychologists and curators can be reached by phone, Wilma-messages and email.

To whom and on what terms

Students have a statutory right to individual student welfare, consisting of school health care services, student welfare psychologist and curator services, and multidisciplinary student welfare services directed to individual students when needed. Individual student care is always based on the student’s, and when necessary, also the guardian’s, consent. However, guardians do not have the right to forbid their children from using student welfare services. Issues discussed during individual pupil welfare appointments are confidential, and the work is carried out according to the rules and regulations on disclosure of information and secrecy.

Whenever pupils express their wish to have a personal discussion with a psychologist or a curator, a discussion time must be arranged within seven establishment workdays counted from the day when the pupil asked for a discussion. In acute situations, the discussion has to be organized during the same day or the following day. The urgency of the matter is assessed by a professional pupil welfare employee. Pupils are to be given a possibility for a personal discussion also if their guardian asks for it.

Basic information and legislation

As a general upper secondary education student, you are entitled to student welfare services. Student welfare services promote your physical, mental and social health and wellbeing, thus helping to support your studies and learning. Student welfare includes the services provided by public health nurses, psychologists and the social workers of your educational institution.

As a general upper secondary education student, you are entitled to student welfare services even if you are not a resident of the municipality where you are studying. Your education provider is responsible for organising student welfare services. The wellbeing services county where the educational institution is located is responsible for organising the necessary psychologist and social worker services in student welfare. The wellbeing services county must also provide students with psychologist and social worker services even when the education is provided by a private actor or the state, unless the education provider decides to provide these services on its own and at its own cost, in full or in part.