The association of Osallisuuden aika was founded in April 2014 from the roots of group called the Young Developers. The Young Developers group started as an expert group by experience in 2011. In November 2012 the Young Developers was awarded the Finnish National Democracy Award, which was an important recognition of the group’s development and participation work.
The youth who work in our association are former service users of child protective services. The youth have for example been giving speeches and lectures together with professionals of social services in multiple conferences, they have been teaching new social workers in University of Helsinki and in a spirit of co-reserching method they have participated many different work groups that develop new, better functional social services. When we develop social services that really does work, it saves money in a long run.