Tuomas Kurttila, the Ombudsman for Children in Finland
Tuomas Kurttila is the Ombudsman for Children in Finland. The Council of State appointed Kurttila to this post on March 13, 2014. Kurttila holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Sciences and Theology.
Tuomas Kurttila, who was born in 1978, has earlier worked, among other things, as the Executive Director of Finnish Parents’ League and as the General Secretary of the Finland’s Advisory Council for Youth Affairs. He is a long-time member of the Advisory Council for Children’s Affairs, which supports the Ombudsman for Children in his or her work.
In their reasoning for the appointment, the Council of State valued the experience Kurttila has gained in diverse positions of responsibility and his in-depth knowledge of interest groups, in addition to his work experience.
Tuomas Kurttila was one of the writers of the joint publication 10 Questions on Upbringing (2011) by Ombudsman for Children, National Institute of Health and Welfare and Finnish Parents’ League, which set a new ground for the national discussion on children’s upbringing.
On Twitter, Tuomas Kurttila (@TuomasKurttila) presents himself as an activist and father.