The topics of child protection are described below. Clicking on a topic opens a description.

The Child Protection Act states that all persons, anyone who has information about a child in need of help or who is in danger has the obligation to report it. 

A child in need is a child whose well-being is at risk or for whom suspicion has arisen regarding his abuse, neglect or other situation that violates the rights of the child, and a child whose behavior threatens his own or other persons' well-being. All persons who have information about a child in need have an obligation to report a child in need. A child in need of assistance must be reported immediately to the local government unit or on the children's helpline 116111.

On working days, report a child in need to the child protection staff of Keila City Government.


Children's helpline 116111 works 24/7 all over Estonia and calls are free to all callers. If quick and immediate intervention is needed for the sake of the child's safety, cooperation is made with the police, the Child Protection Unit of the Social Insurance Board and the child protection worker of the region. The phone works XNUMX/XNUMX, calls are free, calls are anonymous, calls are recorded, e-mail:,


A child in danger is a child who is in a situation that threatens his life or health, and a child whose behavior threatens his life or the health of other persons. All persons who have information about a child in danger have the obligation to report a child in danger. A child in danger must be reported immediately on the emergency number 112.


Missing children's phone number 116000 The purpose of the missing children's phone is to provide initial instructions for behavior in the situation, if necessary, they offer crisis counseling and emotional support to adults whose children have gone missing, as well as to young people who have run away from home or who are lost. The phone works 24/7 and is free for all callers.


The orphanage deals with cases of sexually abused and suspected children, puts the rights of the child first and brings together specialists whose common goal is to restore the child's well-being and sense of security. The aim is better identification of sexually abused children, more child-friendly criminal proceedings and the organization of necessary assistance for children and families. The orphanage team assesses the child's health and social situation and the need for help, conducts the necessary investigations to solve the case and offers the child and the family the necessary help.


Children's homes are located in Tallinn, Tartu and Jõhvi, but the service is available to all children in need of help in Estonia. The children's house can be approached by a local government child protection worker, as well as a parent or the child himself, as well as an ordinary citizen or specialist who is concerned about the child's sexual behavior.

For more detailed information, we recommend calling the children's house on 5854 5498 or writing You can call children's help number 116 111 112 hours a day, in case of danger, call emergency number XNUMX. 


Instruction: reporting a child in need

A foster care service is a social service organized by a local government unit, the purpose of which is to ensure the child's well-being and rights in the long or short term, to provide the child with family-like living conditions to satisfy his basic needs, to create a safe and development-friendly living environment for the child, and to prepare the child to cope with his abilities as an adult.


Substitute care service is provided as a long-term round-the-clock service for a child whose parent has died, a parent has been assigned a guardian due to his limited legal capacity, the parent's right of custody over the child has been suspended, limited or completely withdrawn, or who has been separated from the parent. Substitute care services can also be provided for a short period of time with the parent's consent, periodically or temporarily for up to 90 days.


Foster care services are provided in three ways - in a foster family, in a family home and in a foster home.


Read more: foster care service

Guardianship is established over a child in the city of Keila, whose parents are dead, missing or have limited legal capacity, or whose parents have been deprived of their parental rights. Depending on the circumstances, guardianship may also be established over a child who has been deprived of parental care for other reasons.


A person who wants to become a guardian for a minor must contact the child protection service of the guardianship institution Keila City Government. The proposal to appoint a person as a guardian is made by the guardianship institution, the appointment of guardianship is decided by the court, based on the application of the Keila city government. The court involves the guardianship agency to give an opinion in disputes concerning the child.


The guardian is the legal representative of the child, who is obliged to take care of the upbringing and maintenance of the child. Guardianship is established to raise a child, to protect his personal and property rights and interests.


Read about guardianship of a minor in the family law.

In disputes concerning children of the city of Keila, the court involves the Keila city government as a guardian institution to give an opinion. To form this, the child protection specialist communicates with the child, his parents and other close persons. In order to ensure the child's rights and well-being, the child protection specialist of the local government also cooperates with other specialists who come into contact with the child or have come into contact with it, for example kindergarten, school, medical institution, police, etc.


In order to find out the child's interests, the child must be listened to in an appropriate way, taking into account his age and level of development, and based on the child's age and level of development, his opinion must be taken into account as one of the factors in determining the interests.


Read more:

Right of maintenance 

Family reconciliation service 

The rights and obligations of the parent in the family law


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Keila City Government
Keskväljak 11,
Keila 76608, Estonia

Working hours:

Mon, Wed, Thu: 8.00 -16.30
Tue: 8.00 - 18.30
Fri: 8.00 - 14.00

Phone: 6790700
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