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 advocated for child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims of violence. Several high-level speakers gave their support to the European Barnahus Movement, including Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children. Bragi Guðbrandsson, lead expert in the PROMISE project, presented the Icelandic experience and how it has inspired the European Barnahus Movement. The expert panels discussed multi-disciplinary and interagency responses to violence against children in Europe and how the Barnahus Model embodies children’s rights. In this context, the European Barnahus Quality Standards document was launched.

The conference takes place at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium and was organised by the CBSS Children at Risk Unit within the framework of the PROMISE 1 project.

A recording of the live stream of the conference is available.

Opening – Ms Turid Heiberg, Coordinator of the PROMISE project

Key Note Speech – Ms Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

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, 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
Ms Janet van Bavel, Project Leader Kenter, Jeugdhulp, Netherlands: Enabling inter-agency information exchange

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