New: 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.

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....

Introducing the updated short version of the PROMISE Barnahus Quality Standards

The 2019 release of the short version of the Barnahus Quality Standards is in A5 format. The PROMISE Vision has been added to the first pages, and some additional small updates to the text and links have been implemented. Spiral-bound printed copies in English are...

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...

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...

New: Evaluation Framework & Impact Assessment Guidance and Template

The Evaluation Framework & Impact Assessment Guidance and Template provides inspiration and examples for both evaluation of a service against the Barnahus Quality Standards, and impact assessments of, for example, the recovery of the child, equal access to...

Factsheet: Considerations for evidence recording at the Barnahus

There is much more to recording interviews at a Barnahus than setting up a system and hitting record. To best perform its role, a Barnahus must comply with local/international rules and regulations of evidence recording, and be able to produce a recorded interview...

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.

New: 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...

New: 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...

From PROMISE Tracking Tool to PROMISE Hub: online case management system

The PROMISE Tracking Tool is a way for our stakeholders to monitor their progress towards meeting the PROMISE Barnahus Quality Standards. The current Tracking Tool is now evolving into into an even more conveninent online case management tool – PROMISE Hub – that will...

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.

Considerations for evidence recording at the Barnahus

This webinar will explore the key considerations to keep in mind when selecting and setting up your interview recording system, including:

Proving authenticity, in a world where ‘deep fakes’ are becoming exceedingly easy to produce;
Proving the child was not influenced during the interview;
Building trust in the evidence recording procedure from day 1;
Ensuring data is readable long into the future, and that secure access is possible on demand;
Planning for the storage requirements of exponential growth in interview files;
GDPR implications.

The PROMISE Child Participation Tool

Join this webinar to walk through the PROMISE Child participation tool with the authors, and to discuss with your European colleagues about approaches and considerations for soliciting children’s views on their Barnahus experience. The tool focuses on the child’s experience of Barnahus.

At the Crossroads: designing and implementing child-centred criminal proceedings for child victims of violence, taking account of related child protection proceedings 

This webinar will explore how to ensure child-centred procedures are in place in criminal proceedings and how to avoid the risk of conflict with child protection proceedings. Join us to learn about the legal and practical issues involved in ensuring the right safeguards are in place. We will consider what legal and social professionals need to think together about to ensure effective justice and to avoid re-traumatisation of the child.

Therapeutic services at the Barnahus – a 2-part webinar

In this 2-part webinar, we will take a deeper look into the concrete value of embedding therapeutic services at the Barnahus, how to meet the standard, and the impact for children and their caregivers.

Forensic interview webinar mini-series

By popular demand, our next webinars will focus on the forensic interview at the Barnahus: why it is important, how it is conducted, and how to adapt to the special needs of the child. Part 1: The importance of a forensic interview for child victims and witnesses...

Gordana Flander, Director of the Child and Youth Center in Zagreb, recipient of the Children’s Rights Promotion Lifetime Achievement Award

We are so happy to share that our amazing colleague Prof.dr.sc Gordana Flander, Director of the Child and Youth Center in Zagreb, has been awarded the Children's Rights Promotion Lifetime Achievement Award in Croatia. "For me, this award is a stimulus and a sign that...

Hungarian Barnahus Act came into force 1 Jan 2019

On 1st January 2019, the Barnahus Act came into force in Hungary. It establishes public funding for the operation of the Barnahus – as well as official and police and judicial requests. The bill was endorsed by the annual social occupational conference in October...

Latvia to resume Barnahus pilot in 2019 with a focus on pre-investigation interviews – preserving evidence and protecting children from re/traumatisation

The Barnahus model was piloted in Riga, Latvia at Center Dardedze for six months during 2017 on the basis of the Barnahus Quality Standards. This pilot had a focus on the criminal investigation phase. The evaluation of the pilot highlighted that a number of things...

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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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Considerations for evidence recording at the Barnahus

This webinar will explore the key considerations to keep in mind when selecting and setting up your interview recording system, including:

Proving authenticity, in a world where ‘deep fakes’ are becoming exceedingly easy to produce;
Proving the child was not influenced during the interview;
Building trust in the evidence recording procedure from day 1;
Ensuring data is readable long into the future, and that secure access is possible on demand;
Planning for the storage requirements of exponential growth in interview files;
GDPR implications.

read more

The PROMISE Child Participation Tool

Join this webinar to walk through the PROMISE Child participation tool with the authors, and to discuss with your European colleagues about approaches and considerations for soliciting children’s views on their Barnahus experience. The tool focuses on the child’s experience of Barnahus.

read more

At the Crossroads: designing and implementing child-centred criminal proceedings for child victims of violence, taking account of related child protection proceedings 

This webinar will explore how to ensure child-centred procedures are in place in criminal proceedings and how to avoid the risk of conflict with child protection proceedings. Join us to learn about the legal and practical issues involved in ensuring the right safeguards are in place. We will consider what legal and social professionals need to think together about to ensure effective justice and to avoid re-traumatisation of the child.

read more
Forensic interview webinar mini-series

Forensic interview webinar mini-series

By popular demand, our next webinars will focus on the forensic interview at the Barnahus: why it is important, how it is conducted, and how to adapt to the special needs of the child. Part 1: The importance of a forensic interview for child victims and witnesses...

read more

Hungarian Barnahus Act came into force 1 Jan 2019

On 1st January 2019, the Barnahus Act came into force in Hungary. It establishes public funding for the operation of the Barnahus – as well as official and police and judicial requests. The bill was endorsed by the annual social occupational conference in October...

read more

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