Social work

Street Address
New Children's Hospital
Stenbäckinkatu 9, Helsinki

Mailing address
PO Box 347
00029 HUS

Contact information
Please contact social workers via the inpatient ward or outpatient clinic.

Chief Social Worker Leena Männistö tel. 050 427 0107
Social worker in charge of somatic services Heli Rusama tel. 050 427 0117
Social worker in charge of pediatric psychiatry Nina Silvennoinen tel. 040 670 8169

When a child or an adolescent falls ill, it greatly affects the family’s everyday life, interpersonal relationships in the family, work, income, and it may disrupt the usual pattern of life.  Crisis intervention and supporting families when their child falls ill is at the core of a hospital social worker’s work.  The family can discuss the different options and solutions available with the social worker.
The aim of social work is to make it easier for the family to cope in their everyday life.
Issues at hand may be for example:

  • organizing help at home
  • social security benefits
  • rehabilitation matters
  • social services
  • reaching out to outside agencies as needed.


Through conversations with a social worker, the family can discover new resources and survival methods for their changed circumstances.