Principles and recommendations

In Finland, strategic direction for youth information and counselling is provided by the following principles, recommendations and youth policy documents:

  • the Finnish Youth Act (2006)
  • the Development Programme for Child and Youth Policy in Finland
  • Recommendations No. R (90) 7 and CM/Rec(2010)8 of the Council of Europe on youth information
  • The European Youth Information Charter (ERYICA 2018)
  • European Union’s Youth Strategy 2010-2018
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 12

The Finnish Youth Act

The Youth Act (2006/72) that entered into force in 2006 had a major impact on youth information and counselling work in Finland. The Act states that its purpose is to support young people’s development and independence, promote their active citizenship and strong social involvement and improve the conditions that they live and grow up in. Meeting these targets is the ultimate purpose of all statutory services mentioned in the Youth Act, including youth information and counselling services.

Recommendations of the Council of Europe

In 2010, the Council of Europe issued its new Recommendation on youth information and counselling to the Member States to complement the previous Recommendation issued in 1990. The Recommendation highlights young people’s access to complete, objective, understandable and reliable information on all of their questions based on their specific needs. In the Recommendation, the Committee of Ministers considers that:

  • respect for democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms implies that young people have access to complete, objective, understandable and reliable information on all of their questions based on their specific needs;
  • information and the ability of young people to assess and use it is a pre-requisite for their active participation in society and their responsible citizenship;
  • young people are more and more involved in producing and publishing information using the possibilities offered through information and communication technologies.

European principles

Koordinaatti is a member of the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency ERYICA, the European umbrella organisation for youth information and counselling services. Finnish youth information and counselling services follow the sector’s European principles. The principles were adopted in 27th of April 2018 in Cascais, Portugal.

The principles of the Charter are intended to apply to all forms of generalist youth information and seek to guarantee the right of young people to complete, reliable and updated information. They constitute a basis for minimum standards and quality measures applicable to all countries as elements of a comprehensive, coherent and coordinated approach to youth information and counselling provision.

The European Youth Information Charter