Within PROMISE 2 (2017–2019), several countries in Europe are intensifying their multi-disciplinary and interagency collaboration to ensure that child victims and witnesses of violence have access to Barnahus and benefit from a child-friendly, professional and effective response in a safe environment. Other Barnahus and child-friendly services in many more countries will also be engaged through webinars, networking and strategic communication. The rights of the child to protection, support and to be heard without being exposed to risks of re-traumatisation are central to Barnahus.
PROMISE 2 promotes progress at national level in several European countries. It aims to ensure commitment from key authorities by facilitating inter-agency dialogue in national strategic roundtables, as well as developing plans and roadmaps, inter-agency agreements and frameworks. It further aims to contribute to building a competent and committed workforce, including professionals from law enforcement, judiciary, medical and mental health staff and social workers. Tailor-made training will be provided to Barnahus staff in areas such as forensic interviews, psychotherapy, medical treatment, multi-disciplinary collaboration and data collection. A key aim of PROMISE 2 is to ensure that children are placed at the centre of the process and that their voices are heard. A methodology will be developed to help Barnahus and child-friendly services gather children’s views on their experience in Barnahus, the outcomes of the process and potential challenges that still need to be addressed. PROMISE 2 also reaches out beyond its partners. Several webinars will be organised, a newsletter will regularly be disseminated and social media will bring the latest news. Wikipedia will bring updated information about the Barnahus model.
PROMISE 2 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. A series of exchange meetings, study visits and capacity building efforts raised the level of knowledge of the government officials and practitioners, who also contributed to the development of standards and guidelines. PROMISE produced a series of resources for government officials and practitioners who have an interest in establishing and operating Barnahus. The European Barnahus Quality Standards offer ground-breaking guidance and constitute the first attempt to define the principles and good practice standards for services that want to operate according to the Barnahus model. The PROMISE tracking tool provides a framework for services to assess their practice against the standards. The report Enabling Child-Sensitive Justice gives an overview of how the Barnahus model has emerged and gradually expanded in Europe and the PROMISE Compendium of Law and Guidance provides a comprehensive review of international and European law and authoritative guidance concerning the rights of child victims and witnesses. Promoting Progress on Barnahus in Europe guides the development of national and regional advocacy strategies.
The European Barnahus Movement
The European Barnahus Movement was launched in June 2017 in the presence of the EU Commissioner for Justice and Consumer Rights, and the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children. The launch of the movement 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 is managed by the Children at Risk Unit in the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat in close collaboration with Child Circle.
- Council of Baltic Sea States Secretariat, Coordinator
- Social Activities and Practice Institute, Bulgaria
- Hope for Children CRC Policy Center, Cyprus
- Social Insurance Board, Estonia
- National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
- World Childhood Foundation, Germany
- Child Circle, Belgium
- Szociális Szolgáltatók Közhasznú Egyesülete, Hungary, Region West
- Terre des Hommes, Hungary
- TUSLA, Ireland
- Centre Dardedze, Latvia
- Empowering Children
- Save the Children, Romania
- Barnahus Reykjavik, Iceland
- Barnahus Linköping and Stockholm, Sweden
- The National Police Directorate and 2 Barnehus, Norway
- Børnehus Sjælland, Denmark
- MDCK, Netherlands
- Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, Croatia
- The Havens, Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, England
PROMISE 2 stakeholders are committed to introducing and operating child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and rights-based services for child victims and witnesses of violence. With the formal support from national authorities, PROMISE 2 provides partner countries with opportunities to translate their commitment into action and engage with others in the process.
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...
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...
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...
This is the archive of the newsletters sent during PROMISE 1.
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...
On 28-29 November 2016, professionals from around Europe will meet in Linköping to gather inspiration to launch multi-disciplinary inter-agency services to support child victims of violence in their own countries. In addition to a full day of presentations, the...
From the 14th to the 16th of June, 42 participants from the PROMISE project discussed the implementation of the project. The meeting took place in Iceland, where the first Barnahus was developed. This Barnahus was, and continues to be, the inspiration for other...
The series of service exchange meetings that the PROMISE project is organizing successfully launched in Zagreb 3-4 February 2016. 32 representatives from partner organisations, experts and pilot countries met at the first exchange meeting in the PROMISE project to...
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...
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...