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Child welfare refers primarily to social workers’ obligation to look after a child’s interests in those situations where own resources of the family are not enough. 

The child’s need for treatment and care, circumstances endangering the child’s development or the child’s own behaviour may require that the need for child welfare is to be investigated. 

Various authorities, persons in positions of trust as well as persons working in a principal/contractor relationship or as independent professionals and all health care professionals have a duty, notwithstanding confidentiality provisions, to submit a child welfare notification. The notification duty can be implemented by a request made together with the child or his/her parent. The authorities shall, before the birth of a child, make an anticipatory child welfare notification if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the child will need supportive child welfare measures immediately after birth. In urgent cases the social authority on duty shall assess the need for social services. 

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