Mini-series on medical evaluation – a key criteria for the Barnahus and similar setups 

One criteria of the Barnahus is that a medical evaluation is carried out to ensure a victim’s right to health and to secure forensic evidence for investigative purposes. As part of its medical services, a Barnahus or similar setup should also provide treatment and referrals to specialists as integral parts of its service. This 3-part webinar mini-series explores the many considerations for meeting the medical evaluation criteria for Barnahus.

Facility Dogs 101: when furry friends help children to tell their stories

Children are naturally drawn to animals, and child-friendly services which use facility dogs report that the comfort they provide often leads to better results for children. From bonding in the lobby to accompanying the child throughout the facility, children are less stressed and have a non-human to tell their story. The evidence gathered is of a high quality, the child has a positive memory from the visit, and the dog is happy to be a companion in exchange for long walks and plenty of treats at nighttime.

Barnahus as the standard practice

The PROMISE partners and experts formally launched this journey 3 years ago. In 2015, only about 6 countries in Europe had Barnahus or similar setup. We now anticipate that 20 countries in Europe will have Barnahus or similar setups by the end of 2019, with at least 6 more actively working towards launching multi-disciplinary interagency services for child victims and witness of violence.

Introducing the new Barnahus around Europe

The PROMISE partnership extends its warmest congratulations to the recent and upcoming openings of new Barnahus and similar setups:

Webinar recordings available

Missed a webinar? We record each webinar so you can watch them whenever you’d like.

Law as one enabling factor for the Barnahus 

There is a range of ways to use legislation to enable the setup and success of the Barnahus. From full legislation to no legislation, having the perfect law in place is incredibly useful, yet not an absolute condition for establishing a well-functioning cooperation. With a focus on the benefits of legislation, join this webinar to hear about best practices learned from the application of law that can be applied universally, and also to discuss crucial factors for achieving a well-functioning Barnahus. This webinar is aimed at all professionals working to establish and improve Barnahus or similar setups which are providing a multidisciplinary and interagency response to child victims and witnesses of violence.

Roundtable and judicial workshop in Cyprus enhance national efforts to implement child-friendly practices

On 4 July 2018, a roundtable was organised for specialists and practitioners in Cyprus. PROMISE experts Professor Gordana Buljan Flander and Ana Marija Spanic from the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb were on hand to share the history, development, and the...

Putting the child at the centre: ensuring an inclusive and child-friendly setup

This webinar is aimed at professionals who are in all stages of preparing, planning, and continually improving Barnahus or similar setups which are providing a multidisciplinary and interagency response to child victims and witnesses of violence. Watch the webinar to hear about: the method and outcome of a consultation with children on their opinion of a service’s setup, ways to continually receive and integrate feedback from children, caregivers and professionals, the practicalities of planning, decorating and equipping a service.

Roundtable in Germany explores interdisciplinary approaches to suspicion, assistance and criminal case handling in cases of sexual abuse

On 26 June 2018, a roundtable was organized on child-friendly and interdisciplinary approaches to suspicion, assistance and criminal case handling in cases of sexual abuse. PROMISE Experts Britta Bäumer from Barnahus Stockholm and Helena Asplund from Barnahus...

Working together in the best interests of the child: discussions on the formal agreements and the daily work of multidisciplinary interagency cooperation

This webinar took a deeper look at the Barnahus Quality Standards 2 & 5: Multidisciplinary and interagency collaboration, and Interagency case management. A panel of experts interactively discussed key questions. This is a type of discussion only the PROMISE experts and partners have had direct access to – until now.

Roundtables in Latvia develop questionnaire on procedures in cases where criminal proceedings are not initiated

On 19 March 2018 policy makers and practitioners met in Latvia for a roundtable discussion on experiences and challenges in protecting with children who are victims of sexual abuse, as well as to discuss PROMISE 2 and its activities. Representatives from Social...

Budapest region discusses Barnahus integration with Hungarian justice system

On 6 June 2018, Hungarian professionals met to discuss how the application of the Barnahus model in Hungary can be integrated with the justice system. PROMISE experts Margret Rögnvalsdottir, an Icelandic prosecutor, Hjörtur Adalsteinsson, an Icelandic judge, were on...

Adapting the Barnahus concept to local realities

This webinar compares how Barnahus Linköping, Sweden and the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, Croatia work to achieve the Barnahus Quality Standards in their local contexts. Participants are encouraged to complement the presentation with information on the special ways they work. The result showcases existing innovations and inspire upcoming services to find the right solutions for their local contexts.

Bulgaria conference explores the integration of services and the promotion of the Barnahus Quality Standards

On 22 May 2018 a meeting on Multi-disciplinary and Interagency approach for work with children victims of violence – opportunities and challenges was organised in Sofia, Bulgaria. PROMISE experts Ólöf Ásta Farestveit and Þorbjörg Sveinsdóttir from Barnahus Iceland...

20 years of Barnahus – Featuring Bragi Gudbrandsson

Bragi Guðbrandsson, head of the Icelandic Government Agency for Child Protection, is the initiator and purveyor of the Barnahus model. If you’re not sure what a Barnahus is, why your country needs one, or if the model will work in your country, then look no further. In this webinar, Mr. Guðbrandsson will reflect on the why, the how, and the “what’s next?” of the establishment of the Icelandic Barnahus 20 years ago and its expansion throughout Europe and beyond – a process in which he himself has played an instrumental role.

West Hungary workshop discusses national legislation related to Barnahus

On 10 May 2018 a workshop for more than 35 prosecutors from different counties in Hungary was organised regarding legislation related to Barnahus. PROMISE expert Margrét Unnur Rögnvaldsdóttir, a prosecutor from Iceland, was on hand to share the Icelandic experience....

From 0 to Barnahus – Announcing the PROMISE Webinar Series

The PROMISE Webinar Series extends an open invitation to join the discussions and exchanges within the European Barnahus Movement.

Introducing the new PROMISE logo and relaunched publications

  The refreshed identity embodies the essential characteristics of the Barnahus model: friendly and strong, dynamic and inclusive. The M in PROMISE becomes a symbol for the project and the movement. It becomes a B to symbolise the Barnahus. The symbol transforms into...

Welcome to PROMISE 2

The PROMISE 2 partnership is proud to announce the work to promote progress in establishing and operating Barnahus, or similar models, at national level in several European countries has begun. We met in Stockholm in January to plan the core tasks: gaining commitment...

Barnahus and PROMISE promoted at ISPCAN conference

Pictured: Bragi Guðbrandsson and Chris Newlin.  Bragi Guðbrandsson had a keynote speech and several PROMISE partner representatives presented the different aspects of the Barnahus model. As a result, many countries showed interest and the city of the Hague, the...

PROMISE – the Webinar

On 29 September 2017 the PROMISE project held a webinar which highlighted advocacy tools for promoting the Barnahus model and briefly introduced the outreach and national level technical support planned for the PROMISE II project. A recording of the webinar may be...

European Barnahus Movement launches in Brussels

The final conference of the PROMISE 1 project took place on 14 June 2017 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium. More than 90 participants from 30 countries meet in Brussels on for the conference Launching the European Barnahus Movement. The conference...

PROMISE Exchange 3 in Haarlem, Netherlands

The PROMISE pilot countries, partners and experts met in Haarlem, the Netherlands on 13-14 March 2017. This was the final meeting in the PROMISE exchange series. With a focus on linking policy and practice, they went on a study visit to the Multi-Disciplinary Center...

Linköping inspires a European movement to establish Barnahus

Linköping inspires a European movement to establish Barnahus On 28-29 November 2016, professionals from around Europe met in Linköping to gather inspiration to launch an innovative way to support child victims of violence in their own countries. The innovation is...

Pilot countries soak up expert knowledge in Iceland

“We need to take the leadership role; we need to rise to the challenge and work with what we have! There is no time to lose…” In the second exchange meeting of the PROMISE project in Reykjavik representatives from the pilot countries informed about achievements and...

PROMISE Exchange series launches in Croatia

3-4 February | Zagreb Child Protection Centre, Croatia  32 representatives from partner organisations, experts and pilot countries met at the first exchange meeting in the PROMISE project to define the elements of the multi-disciplinary and interagency cooperation to...

About PROMISE

Putting the child's story at the centre. PROMISE aims at promoting child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims of violence, providing them with access to justice, avoiding re-victimization and ensuring high professional...

The PROMISE Project launches, promoting child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services

On 20-21 October, the CBSS Secretariat hosted the PROMISE project kick-off meeting. PROMISE aims at promoting child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims of violence, providing them with access to justice, avoiding...

Newsletter Archive

This is the archive of all the newsletters sent during PROMISE 1 and 2.

About PROMISE and the European Barnahus Movement

PROMISE supports the establishment of Barnahus and child-friendly institutions, notably by sharing good practices and high-quality standards for a European approach. The Barnahus model refers to multi-disciplinary and interagency interventions organized in a child-friendly setting. This work aims at a Europe where the human rights of children to protection from violence, support and to be heard are fulfilled. To this end, child victims and witnesses of violence in Europe are protected by child-friendly interventions and rapid access to justice and care.

The European Barnahus Movement was launched in June 2017. The launch confirmed Barnahus as a good practice, validated the Barnahus model as a widely accepted concept and consolidated the European network of Barnahus staff and interested government officials and practitioners.

PROMISE 2 (2017-2019) is promoting progress at national level in several European countries, and builds on learning from the first PROMISE project (2015-2017), which supported government officials and practitioners from more than 11 countries to establish Barnahus or similar institutions.

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News and updates

Mini-series on medical evaluation – a key criteria for the Barnahus and similar setups 

Mini-series on medical evaluation – a key criteria for the Barnahus and similar setups 

One criteria of the Barnahus is that a medical evaluation is carried out to ensure a victim’s right to health and to secure forensic evidence for investigative purposes. As part of its medical services, a Barnahus or similar setup should also provide treatment and referrals to specialists as integral parts of its service. This 3-part webinar mini-series explores the many considerations for meeting the medical evaluation criteria for Barnahus.

read more
Facility Dogs 101: when furry friends help children to tell their stories

Facility Dogs 101: when furry friends help children to tell their stories

Children are naturally drawn to animals, and child-friendly services which use facility dogs report that the comfort they provide often leads to better results for children. From bonding in the lobby to accompanying the child throughout the facility, children are less stressed and have a non-human to tell their story. The evidence gathered is of a high quality, the child has a positive memory from the visit, and the dog is happy to be a companion in exchange for long walks and plenty of treats at nighttime.

read more
Barnahus as the standard practice

Barnahus as the standard practice

The PROMISE partners and experts formally launched this journey 3 years ago. In 2015, only about 6 countries in Europe had Barnahus or similar setup. We now anticipate that 20 countries in Europe will have Barnahus or similar setups by the end of 2019, with at least 6 more actively working towards launching multi-disciplinary interagency services for child victims and witness of violence.

read more
Law as one enabling factor for the Barnahus 

Law as one enabling factor for the Barnahus 

There is a range of ways to use legislation to enable the setup and success of the Barnahus. From full legislation to no legislation, having the perfect law in place is incredibly useful, yet not an absolute condition for establishing a well-functioning cooperation. With a focus on the benefits of legislation, join this webinar to hear about best practices learned from the application of law that can be applied universally, and also to discuss crucial factors for achieving a well-functioning Barnahus. This webinar is aimed at all professionals working to establish and improve Barnahus or similar setups which are providing a multidisciplinary and interagency response to child victims and witnesses of violence.

read more
Putting the child at the centre: ensuring an inclusive and child-friendly setup

Putting the child at the centre: ensuring an inclusive and child-friendly setup

This webinar is aimed at professionals who are in all stages of preparing, planning, and continually improving Barnahus or similar setups which are providing a multidisciplinary and interagency response to child victims and witnesses of violence. Watch the webinar to hear about: the method and outcome of a consultation with children on their opinion of a service’s setup, ways to continually receive and integrate feedback from children, caregivers and professionals, the practicalities of planning, decorating and equipping a service.

read more
Adapting the Barnahus concept to local realities

Adapting the Barnahus concept to local realities

This webinar compares how Barnahus Linköping, Sweden and the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, Croatia work to achieve the Barnahus Quality Standards in their local contexts. Participants are encouraged to complement the presentation with information on the special ways they work. The result showcases existing innovations and inspire upcoming services to find the right solutions for their local contexts.

read more
20 years of Barnahus – Featuring Bragi Gudbrandsson

20 years of Barnahus – Featuring Bragi Gudbrandsson

Bragi Guðbrandsson, head of the Icelandic Government Agency for Child Protection, is the initiator and purveyor of the Barnahus model. If you’re not sure what a Barnahus is, why your country needs one, or if the model will work in your country, then look no further. In this webinar, Mr. Guðbrandsson will reflect on the why, the how, and the “what’s next?” of the establishment of the Icelandic Barnahus 20 years ago and its expansion throughout Europe and beyond – a process in which he himself has played an instrumental role.

read more
Introducing the new PROMISE logo and relaunched publications

Introducing the new PROMISE logo and relaunched publications

  The refreshed identity embodies the essential characteristics of the Barnahus model: friendly and strong, dynamic and inclusive. The M in PROMISE becomes a symbol for the project and the movement. It becomes a B to symbolise the Barnahus. The symbol transforms into...

read more
Welcome to PROMISE 2

Welcome to PROMISE 2

The PROMISE 2 partnership is proud to announce the work to promote progress in establishing and operating Barnahus, or similar models, at national level in several European countries has begun. We met in Stockholm in January to plan the core tasks: gaining commitment...

read more
Barnahus and PROMISE promoted at ISPCAN conference

Barnahus and PROMISE promoted at ISPCAN conference

Pictured: Bragi Guðbrandsson and Chris Newlin.  Bragi Guðbrandsson had a keynote speech and several PROMISE partner representatives presented the different aspects of the Barnahus model. As a result, many countries showed interest and the city of the Hague, the...

read more
PROMISE – the Webinar

PROMISE – the Webinar

On 29 September 2017 the PROMISE project held a webinar which highlighted advocacy tools for promoting the Barnahus model and briefly introduced the outreach and national level technical support planned for the PROMISE II project. A recording of the webinar may be...

read more
European Barnahus Movement launches in Brussels

European Barnahus Movement launches in Brussels

The final conference of the PROMISE 1 project took place on 14 June 2017 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium. More than 90 participants from 30 countries meet in Brussels on for the conference Launching the European Barnahus Movement. The conference...

read more
PROMISE Exchange 3 in Haarlem, Netherlands

PROMISE Exchange 3 in Haarlem, Netherlands

The PROMISE pilot countries, partners and experts met in Haarlem, the Netherlands on 13-14 March 2017. This was the final meeting in the PROMISE exchange series. With a focus on linking policy and practice, they went on a study visit to the Multi-Disciplinary Center...

read more
Pilot countries soak up expert knowledge in Iceland

Pilot countries soak up expert knowledge in Iceland

“We need to take the leadership role; we need to rise to the challenge and work with what we have! There is no time to lose…” In the second exchange meeting of the PROMISE project in Reykjavik representatives from the pilot countries informed about achievements and...

read more
PROMISE Exchange series launches in Croatia

PROMISE Exchange series launches in Croatia

3-4 February | Zagreb Child Protection Centre, Croatia  32 representatives from partner organisations, experts and pilot countries met at the first exchange meeting in the PROMISE project to define the elements of the multi-disciplinary and interagency cooperation to...

read more
About PROMISE

About PROMISE

Putting the child's story at the centre. PROMISE aims at promoting child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims of violence, providing them with access to justice, avoiding re-victimization and ensuring high professional...

read more

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Upcoming Events

Mar
24
Sun
2019
9:00 am Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Training Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 Training for psychologists and investigators with experts from Barnahus Iceland team on child friendly forensic interviewing using evidence based method.[...]
Mar
25
Mon
2019
9:00 am Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Mar 25 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Training Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 Training for psychologists and investigators with experts from Barnahus Iceland team on child friendly forensic interviewing using evidence based method.[...]
Mar
26
Tue
2019
9:00 am Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Mar 26 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Training Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 Training for psychologists and investigators with experts from Barnahus Iceland team on child friendly forensic interviewing using evidence based method.[...]
Mar
27
Wed
2019
9:00 am Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Training Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 Training for psychologists and investigators with experts from Barnahus Iceland team on child friendly forensic interviewing using evidence based method.[...]
Mar
28
Thu
2019
9:00 am Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Training Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 Training for psychologists and investigators with experts from Barnahus Iceland team on child friendly forensic interviewing using evidence based method.[...]
Mar
29
Fri
2019
9:00 am Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Training Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 Training for psychologists and investigators with experts from Barnahus Iceland team on child friendly forensic interviewing using evidence based method.[...]
May
6
Mon
2019
9:00 am Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Training Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 with Janet van Bavel (PROMISE partner KENTER, Netherlands) and Alda Hröm Johansdottir policewoman YCBM link ref: bbb82d59-c545-42af-ab91-339e011b71f4
May
7
Tue
2019
9:00 am Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Training Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 with Janet van Bavel (PROMISE partner KENTER, Netherlands) and Alda Hröm Johansdottir policewoman YCBM link ref: 286d06fa-df57-4a24-bc36-ba87f4b6bd15
May
8
Wed
2019
9:00 am Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Training, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
May 8 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Training Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 with Janet van Bavel (PROMISE partner KENTER, Netherlands) and Alda Hröm Johansdottir policewoman YCBM link ref: 20d3a037-1178-4581-9408-ae2162c7dd68
May
9
Thu
2019
9:00 am Judicial Workshop, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
Judicial Workshop, Hungary-West @ Szombathely
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
For more information contact Barnahus National Knowledge Center at szocialis.egyesulet@gmail.com. Judicial Workshop Location: Szombathely Times: 9:00-17:00 Friendly justice for children with Hjörtúr Adalsteinsson. YCBM link ref: 4b7d73c5-a01c-4985-9066-04c7bab285ba