Many countries in Europe are now moving quickly towards establishing, developing and expanding their Barnahus or similar services. As this momentum builds, the field of knowledge and experience is growing.
The PROMISE Webinar Series extends an open invitation to join the discussions and exchanges within the European Barnahus Movement.
During PROMISE 1, select professionals from around Europe were invited to participate at the PROMISE project exchange meetings. These meetings featured lectures, trainings and discussions on the key principles, standards, and challenges to consider when opening and operating a multi-disciplinary and interagency collaboration for child victims and witnesses of violence.
In this Webinar Series, we will revisit and expand on topics covered in PROMISE 1 for a public audience. The Webinar Series will also dynamically respond to questions as they arise, offer scheduled chat rooms for select topics, and even share best practices and lessons learned from the activities of the PROMISE 2 Project.
The language of the webinars will be in English. A smart way to engage in national level advocacy and to include non-English speaking colleagues is to watch the webinars together or even plan a short meeting around the webinar.
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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 will explore the many considerations for meeting the medical evaluation criteria for Barnahus:
– Part 2: Physical abuse diagnostic workup and decision-making, featuring Resmiye Oral, Professor of Paediatrics, Director of the Child Protection Program at the University of Iowa, USA
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– Part 3: Sexual abuse diagnostic workup and decision-making, featuring Andrea Goddard, Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Lead, The Havens Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London UK
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This mini-series is targeted to all professionals who are working to meet the Barnahus Quality Standards, or to otherwise ensure reliable evidence and good outcomes for children who are victims and witnesses of violence. Join to learn about:
- Why medical evaluation is important for the wellbeing of children and the investigation,
- best practices for a multi-disciplinary cooperation which includes medical evaluation,
- the types of medical providers who should be available to the Barnahus and the additional training they may need,
- what a child-friendly exam room may look like,
- the process when a medical problem is detected that would otherwise would have gone unnoticed,
- ensuring treatment and follow-up.
Each Barnahus and similar setup takes great care to design a positive experience for the children who visit their service. For traumatic stories to become reliable evidence, every detail matters.
Even the furry details.
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.
The Courthouse Dogs Foundation founders Ellen O’Neill-Stephens and Celeste Walsen talked about:
- How courthouse facility dogs help children to tell their stories,
- How to decide if a dog could be a successful addition to your service, and what the process looks like,
- What to consider to make sure both canine and human staff members are comfortable and happy.
This webinar is targeted at professionals who want to improve evidence collection and prevent trauma for child victims and witnesses of violence, including those who visit multi-disciplinary and interagency collaborations.
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, watch 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.
Anne-Lise Farstad from Statens barnehus Kristiansand shared the Norwegian perspective. While the first Barnahus in Norway was established almost 11 years ago, Norway has only had legislation covering Barnahus for 3 years. Even without legislation, the conclusion of a national evaluation in 2012 was that Barnahus was a success.
Kim Risom Rasmussen from Børnehus Sjælland and Merete Bonde Jørgensen from the National Board of Social Services shared the Danish perspective. Denmark established Barnahus through a new stand-alone law that regulates the multi-disciplinary and interagency cooperation and procedures in Barnahus. Public awareness and outrage about child protection failures combined with a broad consensus that the Barnahus model would be a sensible investment for Denmark enabled the political commitment for swift law and policy reform to establish the model.
The webinar features keynote speakers Ann Lind-Liiberg from the Social Insurance Board of Estonia and Beata Wojtkowska from the Empowering Children Foundation in Poland. 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.
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.
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.
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. Keynote speakers: Anna M. Pettersson, Social Worker/Coordination, Barnahus Linköping, Sweden and Gordana Buljan Flander, Director of Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, psychologist and psychotherapist.
Nearly every professional exchange during PROMISE 1 featured a keynote presentation from the man who needs no introduction. 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.
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.
For participants who come from current or future MD/IA services, you might also read through the summary of the Barnahus Quality Standards and complete the Tracking Tool. Note what standards you are currently focusing on achieving and what your biggest challenges are.
More dates to be announced …
NB: Due to busy and changing schedules, it may happen that we have to reschedule webinars. We value your time and support, so we aim of course to do this as infrequently as possible. Thank you in advance for your understanding.