Children’s shelter

A shelter is a temporary place where a child can go if they are struggling with something alone, they need protection, help or they are in danger. Psychologists, social pedagogues and a medical workers help the child in the shelter.

The child can remain at the shelter until a solution is found for the future prospects of their life. A senior social worker, a psychologist if necessary, the parents of the child, the representative of the local government of the child’s place of residence, the representative of the child’s school if necessary and the chief specialist of the child protection department of the Social Insurance Board work together in organising the child’s life.

Social pedagogues keep preschool children engaged in age-appropriate games and activities. The children is ensured a safe environment and regular hot meal. If necessary, the child receives help in acquiring necessary hygiene habits and social skills. Children of school age receive help in their studies and a favourable environment for establishing good studying habits is created for them.

If the family is able to solve the problems which prevent raising the child in the family with the help of specialists, the child may go back to the family. If not, the child may be directed to a foster home.

  • Where to start

    Children can be brought to the shelter by child protection officials, workers from other institutions or organisations, parents, foster parents, relatives, friends or acquaintances. The child may also come to the shelter on their own accord.

    Notify the city district government’s child protection worker of a child in need or call the child helpline +372 116 111.


    The child receives services until the problem is solved.

    For contact information, choose institution from the list:

  • Tallinn Children's Home

    Name Unit Price
    Väikelaste turvakoduteenus Ööpäev 40.00 €

    Tallinna Lastekodu

    Name Unit Price
    Ema-lapse varjupaiga hooldus Päev 1.10 €
    Ema-lapse varjupaigateenus täiskasvanud mittetallinlasele Ööpäev 2.20 €

    Tallinna Laste Turvakeskus

    Name Unit Price
    Varjupaigateenus lastele vanuses 3-17 eluaastat ööpäev 40.00 €
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