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The programme to address child and family services in Central Ostrobothnia (KP LAPE), Central Ostrobothnia Social and Health Services (Soite)

Author(s): Suvi Pokela 1*, Mari Punna 1, Sirpa Tuomi 1

1 JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Published by: JAMK-JHSS (2018)

Language of article: Finnish

Citation: Pokela, S., Punna, M., Tuomi, S. (2018) KP LAPE –muutosohjelma, Keski-Pohjanmaan sosiaali- ja terveyspalvelukuntayhtymä Soite, JAMK Journal of Health and Social Studies, e55-e71.


The well-being of families with children is significantly influenced by the resources of families and well-timed and adequate access to support. The program to address child and family services (LAPE) redesigns child and family services by shifting the focus on low-threshold services. The purpose of the study was to develop the operations of a family center in Central Ostrobothnia by combining the functions of the family center’s office and meeting point. The aim of the study was to create a Family Station-model based on the LAPE principles. It would provide primary health care, social services and the services of different association for families with children in a low threshold meeting point. The study was carried out as a qualitative development work, and the data was collected in three stages from the family service professionals and the clients. The data from the professionals was collected through brainstorming and a Learning Café, and the clients placed their comments on a Padlet net wall. The analysis of the data was carried out entirely by using themes and partly by typing. Finally, the whole set of the data was themed according to the LAPE principles. The Family Station was seen as a place for families to participate and one that would provide access to peer support and versatile services that are easily accessible and provide support for family life. The LAPE principles were visible in the description of the Family Station mainly because of its family orientation and the strengthening of resources. The results showed the need for peer support and practical help, which emphasized the co-operation of the third sector with social and health services. Bringing services closer to families is perceived as an important task for family centers. The results of the study can be utilized both in the launch of the Family Stations of the municipalities in Central Ostrobothnia and in the development of the provincial and national family centers.