Contact information

The Ombudsman for Children is tasked with influencing matters at a general societal level so that the rights of children are taken into account in the legislation, among other things. The Ombudsman for Children does not have the authority to resolve issues related to individual children or families, and the Ombudsman for Children cannot comment on such issues. The Ombudsman for Children cannot change the decisions of other authorities or process complaints concerning them, either. The duties of the Ombudsman for Children have been laid down in the Act on the Ombudsman for Children 1221/2004 (FINLEX).


Postal address

Office of the Ombudsman for Children 
Vapaudenkatu 58 A
40100 Jyväskylä

Switchboard: +358 (0)295 666 850

E-mail: lapsiasiavaltuutettu(at)
Personal e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname(at)

NOTE! The e-mail connection is not secure.


The statements of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children on processing personal data in different situations can be found on the page Privacy notice and accessibility statement. 

Together with the Ombudsman for Children, the experts working in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children promote the rights of children. On the administrative level, the Ombudsman for Children operates in connection with the Ministry of Justice.


The Ombudsman for Children receives many invitations to various situations in the course of the Ombudsman’s duties. Meeting and appearance requests to the Ombudsman for Children Pekkarinen are addressed to the administrative assistant, not to the office address. We ask all parties issuing an invitation to consider how the participation of the Ombudsman for Children in the event would promote the rights of children and include a brief statement of reasons with the invitation. The statements of reasons are used to gather information for annual statistics and assessment of the duties of the Ombudsman for Children (see: Privacy statement).


Ombudsman for Children Elina Pekkarinen 


Administrative Assistant Pirkko-Liisa Rautio 
Secretary of the Ombudsman for Children
Contacts by the media

Senior Researcher Terhi Tuukkanen (on maternity leave)

Child research and the Child Barometer
Inclusion of children


Senior Researcher Anton Schalin (until 31.12.2021)
Child research and the Child Barometer
Inclusion of children


Lawyer Merike Helander
Statements and initiatives
Report to the Parliament
Reports to the UN


Lawyer Sonja Vahtera (until 31.12.2021)
Statements and initiatives
Reports to the UN


Senior Officer Katja Mettinen 
Inclusion of children 
Secretary of the Child Advisory Board
Coordinating international tasks
Contacts with citizens


Communications Specialist Annaleena Aira
Communication planning and coordination
Developing communication about children's rights
Childrens' views in ombudsmans work
Communication networks


Planning Officer Karri Kekkonen (until 31.5.2022)


Senior Officer Anne Hujala
(absent until further notice)