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Social Protection encourages education and research that promotes knowledge, skills and values of the social work profession. Our graduate and undergraduate programs are interdisciplinary, emphasize multidisciplinary knowledge, the importance of practitioner–client interaction, developing innovative and effective solutions to social problems, providing theories and skills necessary for today's social work practitioner, researcher, or academic, and putting theory into practice.

SP research focuses on professional growth and professionalism of social worker, social protection and social policy in Estonia and Europe, gerontological social work, child welfare and protection, mental health and rehabilitation, deinstitutionalization and community care, social pedagogy related questions. The wide variety of topics offers a chance for an innovative research that advances our field and enhances our practice to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities.

Children and Family Research Group

We are members in following international professional associations: IASSW (International Association of Schools of Social Work) and EASSW (European Association of Schools of Social Work). 

Ongoing projects


Members of the project


Family engagement in child protection assessment practices: reflections from child protection workers 

The aim of this project is to explore the family engagement in child protection assessment practices. A qualitative design has been chosen, as this is an exploratory study for gaining an in-depth understanding on child protection workers' perspectives and experiences in this process in two counties: Harju and Viljandi county. The overall aim is to explore the phenomenon of assessment in child protection in the context of engaging, to understand what facilitates engagement between parents and child protection workers. This project enables to develop a research team, including master students, enhancing their interest in the given field, including contributing to writing their master theses. Based on collected data, a high level international publication will be published. Research team will be formed: academic staff and master students. The longer term goal of this research project is prepare basis for the larger research grant in the area of child protection assessment and related sub-themes.









Karmen Toros, Anne Tiko, Piret Kangur, Egle Välba
















Positive attitude development - access to labour market for young adults with mental health problems

The project is an interactive project which strengthens all involved partners (Arcada, TLU, Non-governmental-organizations and public organizations) and target-groups skills and experiences. In Finland the project shall be realized in cities of Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo. In Estonia in the cities of Tallinn, Haapsalu and Keila.

The main objectives are:

1) Promote the target groups access to labour market,

2) Decrease stigma concerning mental health and social problems,

3) Increase social inclusion for the target group

4) Increase skills in social interaction for target group.

The purpose of the project “Positive Attitude Development” is to decrease stigmatisation of mental health disorders and social problems, to increase social inclusion and to promote the access to the labour market, social communication skills and integration to society of young people with mental health problems. Project activities consist of meetings with the defined target group of young people with mental health problems, employers and community members in defined areas in Finland and Estonia. Educational and training activities for the target groups and employers, and a large media campaign shall also be organized to achieve the project purposes.

Main project partners are:
Arcada University - Finland
Tallinn University- Estonia

P.A.D. project shall be implemented between May 2015 and April 2017.
01.05.2015−30.04.2017 67 273,76 EUR
Total 67 273,76 EUR

Financed by European Regional Development Fund, Interreg Central Baltic. 

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Zsolt Bugarszki, Marju Medar, Anne Tiko


Accelerate co-creation by setting up a multi-actor platform for impact from Social Sciences

The ACCOMPLISSH Project will create a platform for dialogue where not only universities are involved. The dialogue platform is organised in

such a way that academia, industry, governments and societal partners equally contribute in identifying barriers and

enablers of co-creation. The results from both practice and the theory of co-creation form the basis of the valorisation concept and will be tested in the project in a quadruple helix setting.

The project will identify all barriers and enablers of co-creation in order to develop an innovative valorisation concept, which

will foster knowledge exchange within the quadruple helix and strengthens the position of SSH research.

Tallinn University will take on the role of work package leader of Work Package 6 Dissemination.


Zsolt Bugarszki, Scott Abel



Head of Study Area: Karmen Toros, Associate Professor of Child Protection
E-mail: karmen.lai....at....tlu.ee
Telephone: 640 9371
Location: Astra building, Narva mnt 29, 10120 Tallinn