PROMISE Publications

See also The European Barnahus Quality Standards page on this website.

The European Barnahus Standards represent the first attempt in Europe to define the principles of the interventions and services referred to as the “Barnahus” model. The key purpose of the standards is to provide a common operational and organisational framework that promotes practices which prevents retraumatisation, while securing valid testimonies for Court, and complies with children’s rights to protection, assistance and child-friendly justice.

A 51-page summary is available as a PDF and also an e-book.

This report provides an overview of how the Barnahus model has emerged and gradually expanded in Europe. It documents how government officials, practitioners, advocates and entrepreneurs have promoted the model, unyielding even when confronted with doubts, obstacles and adversities. The report identifies the factors and dynamics that have enabled the establishment of the Barnahus model and lessons learned. The accounts from Barnahus pioneers and leading agents of change offer reflections and observations that can guide the establishment of the Barnahus model in other countries.

The PROMISE Compendium of Law & Guidance provides a comprehensive view of the legal framework and authoritative guidance concerning the rights of child victims and witnesses across the EU, Council of Europe and United Nations (UN). It shows that, in the last ten years, there have been significant developments concerning State obligations to child victims and witnesses of violence at European Union (EU), regional and international level. Policy makers, legal, social and law enforcement professionals and stakeholders can use the PROMISE Compendium, alone and with the other PROMISE resources, to support their work in this field.

This is a tool to track progress against the European Barnahus Quality Standards, which provide a good practice framework for multidisciplinary and interagency services that want to bring their practice in line with the Barnahus model. The aim of the tracking tool is to provide services for child victims and witnesses of violence with a self-evaluation tool that can help determine their position in the process of becoming a multidisciplinary and interagency service consistent with the Barnahus model.

This Guidance aims to help you develop national and regional advocacy strategies to promote progress on Barnahus. Such advocacy can play a vital role in encouraging improvements to responses concerning child victims and witnesses of violence. Once policymakers, professionals and the public have heard and understood how Barnahus can fulfil the rights of these children, support for the Barnahus model has consistently grown.

The vision of the PROMISE project is to promote the human rights of children and prevent all forms of violence against children. Child victims and witnesses of violence in Europe are to be protected by child-friendly interventions and rapid access to justice and care.

The report is a basic and informative database of key stakeholders throughout Europe. Most Services that contributed to the report deliver and/or strive for Multi-Disciplinary Inter-Agency Teamwork. The document enables contact and exchange of information. It is the first out of many deliverables of the PROMISE project meant to support establishing Barnahus-like initiatives all over Europe.