Pictured: Bragi Guðbrandsson, Věra Jourová, Marta Santos Pais, Turid Heiberg.
The final conference of the PROMISE Project took place 14 June 2017 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium. It focused on advocating for child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims of violence.
High level speakers gave their support to the European Barnahus Movement, including Ms Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Ms Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children. Mr Bragi Guðbrandsson, Lead Expert in the PROMISE project, presented the Icelandic experience and how it has inspired the European Barnahus Movement. Panels of experts discussed multi-disciplinary and interagency response to violence against children in Europe and how the Barnahus model embodies children’s rights. The European Barnahus Quality Standards document were launched.
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Prevalence and Impact of Violence against Children in Europe – Ms Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Introducing the European Barnahus Movement – Mr Bragi Guðbrandsson, Lead Expert in the PROMISE project: From Iceland to the European Barnahus movement; Child-friendly justice and care in practice; The opportunities in Europe
The Barnahus model: Multi-disciplinary and interagency response to violence against children in Europe
Chair: Mr Carl Göran Svedin
Mr Erio Ziglio, former Director of the European Office for Investment for Health and Development of the WHO
Mr Hjörtur Aðalsteinsson, Chief Judge at the District Court of Sudurland, Iceland
Mr Tuomas Kurttila, Chair of ENOC and Ombudsman for Children in Finland
Ms Anna M Petersson, Barnahus Linköping, Sweden
The Barnahus model: Embodying children’s rights
Chair: Ms Rebecca O’Donnell
Ms Susan Bissell (video), Director, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
Mr Claude Janizzi, Chair of the Lanzarote Committee, Council of Europe
Ms Margaret Tuite, European Commission Coordinator for the Rights of the Child
Ms Åsa Landberg, Independent Expert, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Sweden
The Barnahus Quality Standards – Illustrations of Good Barnahus Practice in Europe
Chair: Mr Bragi Guðbrandsson
Ms Olivia Lind Haldorsson, Senior Researcher, PROMISE: Introducing the PROMISE Good Practice Standards
Ms Ólöf Ásta Farestveit, Head of the Icelandic Barnahus: Forensic interviews and the court proceedings
Ms Resmiye Oral, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, USA: Medical evaluation for forensic purposes and the child’s physical wellbeing
Ms Gordana B Flander, Director Centre for Child Protection, Croatia: Short and long term psychological support. Link to publications referenced in English.
Ms Janet van Bavel, Project Leader Kenter, Jeugdhulp, Netherlands: Enabling inter-agency information exchange
The conference was kindly hosted by the Committee of the Regions.