Name of the organization:


Chairman of the Board:

Pentti Arajärvi

Executive Director:
Hanna Heinonen

Short history – when is founded, important changes, the goal, mission, vision:

Central Union for Child Welfare, founded in 1937, is a central organisation that works as an active and uniting force in matters relating to children’s rights on a national and European level. The CUCW’s supreme decision-making body is the General Assembly, held twice a year. It elects board members and a chairman and approves the annual report, operational plan, budget and financial statement. The board consists of the chairman and 12 members. Each member has a personal deputy. The board manages, monitors and develops organisational matters together with the executive committee which consists of the chairman of the board, one of the deputy chairmen and two board members. The executive committee prepares matters for the board and supports the work of the office, work groups and advisory boards. The responsibilities of the meeting, the board and the executive committee are stated in the rules

The mission of the CUCW is based on the human rights of children, above all the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. All children have the right to life, growth and development, and to participation, non-discrimination and physical integrity. The values of the CUCW are the promoting of the human dignity and rights of children, interaction, transparency, cooperation and partnership.

The CUCW focuses on three fields of activity: child and family specific child welfare, preventive child welfare, and children’s rights, child welfare policy and international child welfare work

Central Union for Child Welfare:

  • exerts influence on legislation by issuing opinions and statements and on general attitudes by providing information and campaigning

  • improves the knowledge of professionals by organising training and carrying out and commissioning surveys and studies

  • coordinates programmes and projects, such as the Kaikille eväät elämään

  • cooperates with member NGOs and stakeholders

  • cooperates with the media

  • publishes Lapsen Maailma (Child’s World) monthly magazine (Finnish only).


The CUCW is financed by the profits from The Children’s Day Foundation, operating the Linnanmäki amusement park, and the profits from Lapsen Maailma (Child’s World) monthly magazine. In 2014, they formed more than 70 percent of the funds. Other significant sources of income include funding from Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organizations (STEA) and project funding. The average annual budget is over EUR 3.5 million.




Julia Kuokkanen


Address: Armfeltintie 1, FI-00150 Helsinki, Finland

Phone:  358 (0)9 3296 011