Unworthy Guardians: Nappula Child Welfare Information System

  • Jouko Kiesiläinen
  • Minna M. RantanenEmail author
  • Olli I. Heimo
  • Kai K. Kimppa
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 907)


In this paper we examine a Finnish child protective service software Nappula. We point out some of the problems with the system in relation to the information stored and used. It shares some of the problems which are prevalent in patient information systems without exactly being one. Some of these problems include, but are not limited to privacy problems and a lack of possibility of correcting data in certain situations, amongst other ethical issues. We point out that the system has issues which cannot be justified in accordance to what the values of child protective services, social services, and the society are.


Child protective services Social services Information systems Ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jouko Kiesiläinen
    • 1
  • Minna M. Rantanen
    • 2
    Email author
  • Olli I. Heimo
    • 2
  • Kai K. Kimppa
    • 2
  1. 1.Hyvinvointipalvelut Arjessa OyTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, Turku School of EconomicsUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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