PROMISE news, publications, events 2015-2020

 

The freshest news and publications from PROMISE can now be found on www.barnahus.eu, the home of the PROMISE Barnahus Network. The posts below provide background to the development of the Network, which launched in 2019, and also archival access to various resources. 

Legal briefing about the intersection of criminal justice and child protection proceedings involving child victims of violence

Legal briefing about the intersection of criminal justice and child protection proceedings involving child victims of violence

European law provisions relating to child victims in the criminal proceedings take the form of general obligations, leaving it to national measures to regulate in detail how safeguards for children should be implemented in national procedures. Although there are different models of criminal justice (and child protection) proceedings across Europe, they face common questions on how best to fulfill their obligations to children and can benefit from regional exchange and the experience of practitioners.

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The launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network

The launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network

Barnahus colleagues and stakeholders from all over Europe gathered in Helsinki on 25th November 2019 to celebrate the first steps towards a more formal network of Barnahus and similar services in Europe: the signing of the statutes for the PROMISE Barnahus Network....

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PROMISE Barnahus greater network

PROMISE Barnahus greater network

The founders of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, representing 13 countries, will sign the statutes formalising the network next week in Helsinki. Many additional countries have already expressed great interest to join. Since launching our work in 2015, PROMISE has been...

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Barnahus roadmap guidance and template

Barnahus roadmap guidance and template

The Barnahus roadmap guidance and template gives inspiration on how to document and communicate the vision and strategy towards establishing, operating and developing the Barnahus model in a simple and accessible format. Hot tip: aspiring PROMISE Barnahus Network...

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Rewatch the PROMISE Webinar Series

Rewatch the PROMISE Webinar Series

The PROMISE webinars are recorded so you can watch and re-watch when convenient for you. Find out more about each webinar here, or jump straight into watching one at the links below.

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Interagency agreement template and guidance

Interagency agreement template and guidance

Supporting Barnahus Quality Standard 2, the Interagency agreement template and guidance offers inspiration and guidance for drafting an interagency agreement which formalises multidisciplinary and interagency (MDIA) team collaboration between agencies involved in...

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Child participation tool

Child participation tool

Supporting Barnahus Quality Standard 1.2, the Child participation tool provides sample questionnaires that can be used to gather children’s views on their Barnahus experience, including their satisfaction with the services and potential ideas on how Barnahus can...

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The European Barnahus Movement – showcasing 4 years of network and partner progress

In this webinar, we will feature some of the most notable achievements within the European Barnahus Movement thus far, including highlighting unique experiences, approaches and solutions as developed by the PROMISE 2 partners. This webinar will also showcase the PROMISE tools and future plans which are supporting the continued harmonisation and consolidation of good Barnahus practice across Europe.

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Advocacy Guidance

Advocacy Guidance

Promoting Progress on Barnahus in Europe – Advocacy Guidance 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...

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Enabling Child-Sensitive Justice

Enabling Child-Sensitive Justice

Enabling Child-Sensitive Justice – The Success Story of the Barnahus Model and its Expansion in Europe This report provides an overview of how the Barnahus model has emerged and gradually expanded in Europe. It documents how government officials, practitioners,...

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Barnahus as the standard practice

Barnahus as the standard practice

The PROMISE partners and experts formally launched this journey 3 years ago. In 2015, only about 6 countries in Europe had Barnahus or similar setup. We now anticipate that 20 countries in Europe will have Barnahus or similar setups by the end of 2019, with at least 6 more actively working towards launching multi-disciplinary interagency services for child victims and witness of violence.

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20 years of Barnahus – Featuring Bragi Gudbrandsson

20 years of Barnahus – Featuring Bragi Gudbrandsson

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.

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Webinar series: From 0 to Barnahus

Webinar series: From 0 to Barnahus

The PROMISE webinars are recorded so you can watch them when convenient for you. Keep scrolling to find out more about each webinar, or jump straight into watching one at the links below. The Lighthouse: A safe space for child sexual abuse victims in the UK The...

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Introducing the new PROMISE logo and relaunched publications

Introducing the new PROMISE logo and relaunched publications

  The refreshed identity embodies the essential characteristics of the Barnahus model: friendly and strong, dynamic and inclusive. The M in PROMISE becomes a symbol for the project and the movement. It becomes a B to symbolise the Barnahus. The symbol transforms...

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Welcome to PROMISE 2

Welcome to PROMISE 2

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...

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About PROMISE

PROMISE is supporting Europe to adopt the Barnahus model as a standard practice for providing child victims and witnesses of violence rapid access to justice and care. We undertake this work to fulfil the PROMISE vision: a Europe where the human rights of children to protection from violence, support and to be heard are fulfilled.

A Barnahus provides multi-disciplinary and interagency collaboration to ensure that child victims and witnesses of violence benefit from a child-friendly, professional and effective response in a safe environment which prevents (re)traumatisation. With the formal support from national authorities, PROMISE provides opportunities to translate national commitment into action and engage internationally in the process. In addition, regular networking and strategic communications continually activate our growing network of professionals and stakeholders who are committed to introducing and expanding Barnahus services nationally.

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The PROMISE Vision

The PROMISE Vision

The PROMISE Vision     Download as a PDF.             Also available in Hungarian. The vision of the PROMISE project is a Europe where the human rights of children to protection from violence, support and to be heard are fulfilled. To this end, child victims and...

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Compendium of Law and Guidance

Compendium of Law and Guidance

The tables at the links provide profiles of the Victims’ Rights Directive, the Child Sexual Abuse Directive, the Trafficking Directive, the Council of Europe Trafficking Convention, the Lanzarote Convention, Optional Protocol to the UNCRC on the sale of children and...

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Barnahus and PROMISE promoted at ISPCAN conference

Barnahus and PROMISE promoted at ISPCAN conference

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...

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PROMISE – the Webinar

PROMISE – the Webinar

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...

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European Barnahus Movement launches in Brussels

European Barnahus Movement launches in Brussels

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...

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The Barnahus Quality Standards

The Barnahus Quality Standards

The Barnahus Quality StandardsThe standards are composed of underlying principles, specific activities and institutional arrangements that enable child-centred and effective, collaborative actions.The ten Barnahus Quality Standards are described in detail in “Barnahus...

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Tracking tool

Tracking tool

The PROMISE Tracking Tool is a self-evaluation tool based in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet directed at internal learning and the results can be used to define steps that the service can take to bring it closer to the Barnahus model and the European Barnahus Quality...

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PROMISE Exchange 3 in Haarlem, Netherlands

PROMISE Exchange 3 in Haarlem, Netherlands

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...

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Linköping inspires a European movement to establish Barnahus

Linköping inspires a European movement to establish Barnahus

Linköping inspires a European movement to establish Barnahus On 28-29 November 2016, professionals from around Europe met in Linköping to gather inspiration to launch an innovative way to support child victims of violence in their own countries. The innovation is...

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Stakeholder mapping

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...

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Pilot countries soak up expert knowledge in Iceland

Pilot countries soak up expert knowledge in Iceland

“We need to take the leadership role; we need to rise to the challenge and work with what we have! There is no time to lose…” In the second exchange meeting of the PROMISE project in Reykjavik representatives from the pilot countries informed about achievements and...

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PROMISE Exchange series launches in Croatia

PROMISE Exchange series launches in Croatia

3-4 February | Zagreb Child Protection Centre, Croatia  32 representatives from partner organisations, experts and pilot countries met at the first exchange meeting in the PROMISE project to define the elements of the multi-disciplinary and interagency cooperation to...

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About PROMISE

About PROMISE

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...

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