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 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.
Progress often takes place in incremental steps and will have different pathways in different jurisdictions. Stakeholders and professionals involved in both child protection and criminal justice proceedings typically need to work together closely to identify opportunities for both immediate and more long-term change and consequently,
To support this work, this paper contains:
- Key European law safeguards for child victims in criminal proceedings
- General orientations on adaptations to the criminal proceedings, taking account of the child protection proceedings
- Illustrative national practices concerning specific safeguards to be achieved in the criminal proceedings
- Conclusion and resources on processes which have triggered change to criminal proceedings
This is a living document. Please contribute to our effort to compile useful regional resources by sharing input and resources with us.
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 available on request from the CBSS Secretariat.
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 members should look closely at this document and start thinking about how to present the past, present, and future efforts of your service.
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 services for all children, the effectiveness and child-friendliness of the criminal investigation and the implementation of procedural safeguards for children.
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 that holds up to scrutiny in court. See also the webinar introducing the factsheet, and which is essential watching for anyone engaged in setting up the interview room at a Barnahus or similar setup.
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 Barnahus. Interagency agreements are shaped by law, policy, procedures and the way that the participating agencies function in a specific country, region or local community. In some cases, financial and human resources determine the scope and function of the Barnahus. The formulation of the interagency agreement should therefore always be done on the basis of a careful analysis of the national situation, including law, policy and resources that might shape the different elements covered by the agreement.
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 become an even better place for children. A Word version is available upon request for easy translation.
The 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
The Standards are currently being translated into Bulgarian, Estonian, Finnish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian and Swedish. All language versions will be published here.
Would you like to translate the standards into your own national language? Please contact us to find out more about format, accreditation and copyright.
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.
Translations available: Swedish
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 fulfill the rights of these children, support for the Barnahus model has consistently grown.