Acting on behalf of a minor means that a guardian or another person who has the right to receive information about the child's affairs uses MyKanta on behalf of a child under the age of 18.
How can I act on behalf of a minor in MyKanta?
- Log in to MyKanta with your own username and password.
- At the top of the page, click on the "Acting on behalf of someone else" link.
- Select the person whose information you want to view.
The services are based on custody or the right to information. The guardian's right to act on behalf of the child is verified from the Population Information System.
As a guardian, you can use MyKanta on behalf of your child to
- view their prescriptions and health information
- view social services client data, which will be added to MyKanta in stages in the future
- renew prescriptions
- confirm receipt of the information about Kanta Services and set up consent to data sharing.
As a guardian, you cannot set up denials of consent to data sharing on behalf of a child in MyKanta. You are also not allowed to see other activities in MyKanta that require an assessment of the child's decision-making capacity. These include the child's living will, organ donation testament and sharing of health data.
Visibility of information in MyKanta to guardians
Health care information
The patient data recorded for a child under the age of 10 is usually visible to the child’s guardian in MyKanta. The patient data of a child over the age of 10 is visible to the guardian if the health care organisation has made the required changes to their patient information system that enable the recording of the child's decision-making capacity.
You can inquire with the health care unit treating the child when the patient data of children over the age of 10 will be made available to the guardian.
A child with decision-making capacity has the right to decide whether their data is visible to their guardian.
How prescription data is visible to guardians
The prescriptions for a child under the age of 10 are usually visible to the guardian in MyKanta. The visibility of prescriptions for children over 10 years of age varies, as this requires changes to health care information systems. In order for the information to be visible to the guardian, the child's decision-making capacity must be assessed and recorded in the child's information.
Social services client data
Client data recorded by social services will be made available in MyKanta in stages, as the service providers begin storing data in the Kanta services. As a rule, a guardian of a child under the age of 18 can view all of the information recorded about the child in MyKanta. The same information is also visible to the child.
A professional may, at their discretion or at the child's justified request, limit the amount of data visible to the guardian in MyKanta. However, restrictions that apply to only one guardian cannot be made.
Why is my child's information not visible in MyKanta?
If your child's information is not shown in MyKanta, it may be due to one of the following reasons:
- The assessment of the child's decision-making capacity was not recorded in the child's health data because it is not possible to do so using the service provider’s patient information system.
- The social welfare service provider is not yet storing client data in Kanta.
- The visibility of the data has been delayed, i.e. the professional has specified that the information will not appear in MyKanta until later.
- A child with decision-making capacity has prohibited the disclosure of their data to their guardian.
Prescriptions and health data recorded before 1 August 2016 are not shown in MyKanta. Client data recorded in social services will be added to MyKanta gradually during 2023–2026.
Acting on behalf of a child in MyKanta
In general, both parents can act on behalf of their child. However, information about various life situations may have been recorded in the Population Information System and may affect the use of services on someone else’s behalf in MyKanta:
- Non-disclosure for personal safety reasons will affect how a child’s data can be viewed in MyKanta.
- If one of the guardians themselves has a non-disclosure for personal safety reasons, the other guardian will not be able to act on behalf of the child in MyKanta. In this case the guardians may jointly authorise the guardian who does not have an order of non-disclosure for personal safety reasons to act on behalf of the child.
- If both guardians have a non-disclosure for personal safety reasons, neither guardian can act on behalf of the child. In this case, the guardians may jointly authorise one or both of the guardians to act on behalf of the child.
- If the child is subject to an order of non-disclosure for personal safety reasons, neither guardian can act on behalf or authorise one another to act on behalf of the child in MyKanta.
- If there is a custody agreement on the custody of a child and it has been recorded in code form in the Population Information System, acting on behalf of the child can be arranged in accordance with the custody sharing agreement. If acting on behalf of a child is not possible, both guardians can authorise each other to act on behalf of their child in the Suomi.fi service.
- If a person has the right to information, they can only view the child's information in MyKanta. Examples of a person with right of access to information include a parent who does not have custody of or right to make decisions for the child. The right of access to information is granted by a decision of a district court or a social welfare authority.
Instructions for the mutual authorisation of guardians in shared custody and non-disclosure situations can be found on the Suomi.fi online service (suomi.fi). The authorization required for using MyKanta is the Managing matters related to healthcare mandate (suomi.fi).
If you are unable to use MyKanta, you can ask the Digital and Population Data Services Agency's customer service (dvv.fi) about the reason for the situation.