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.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

Upcoming webinars

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

31 October 2019 14:00
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PROMISE 1 and 2 have provided concrete evidence of how consolidated efforts on the national and European levels can accelerate progress in building capacity, ambition and commitment to specialised interventions for child victims and witness of violence. A critical piece of this work has been bringing stakeholders together to share experiences and knowledge, and to jointly develop and commit to the Barnahus Quality Standards. Looking to the future, a European approach will be essential for the continuity of capacity-building, advocacy, and the provision multidisciplinary and interagency collaboration and case management at the national level.

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.

The PROMISE Child Participation Tool

7 November 2019
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Children and young people have a right to express their opinions on things that concern them.

To facilitate Barnahus and similar setups to hear about how children experience their service, PROMISE has developed a Child Participation Tool. The tool focusses on the child’s experience of Barnahus, including the travel to Barnahus, their experience in Barnahus, coming home from Barnahus and potential follow up or mid-to-long term treatment in Barnahus or by a mobile Barnahus team.

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

Recorded webinars

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Considerations for evidence recording at the Barnahus

12 September 2019 14:00
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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.

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.

Presenter: Emil Hagland Flam, Business Development Manager at Indico Systems Group, Norway. The Indico secure digital recording and evidential management system is currently in use by a number of Barnahus and similar setups through Europe.   

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

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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. This seminar is aimed at practitioners, representatives of professional organisations as well as policymakers concerned with child victims of violence in criminal proceedings. 

Speaker:

Ms Rebecca O’Donnell is an Irish lawyer with extensive experience in EU legal and public affairs. Her areas of expertise include fundamental rights, child friendly justice, child protection, asylum, migration and trafficking policies. She is cofounder of Child Circle, since 2014.  She formerly worked in Save the Children EU Office as senior child protection adviser and as a partner in the EU office of an international law firm.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

Therapeutic services at the Barnahus – a 2-part webinar

According to the Barnahus Quality Standards, a Barnahus or similar service should provide mental health services and treatment, by professionals who have specialized training and expertise. Mental health assessments and treatment should be routine, and interventions for both the child and the caregivers should start as soon as possible.

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.

Introduction to therapeutic services at the Barnahus

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The first of this 2-part webinar will be a general introduction to therapy at the Barnahus, including the important role of therapy as part of the multidisciplinary response, and also what the role of the therapist is in the multidisciplinary intervention. The speakers will also discuss ethical issues, referral and long-term follow-up. The webinar is presented by two speakers from Norway: Mr Erlend W. Djup from Bergen and Ms Trude Lindø from Kristiansand.

Speakers:

Mr Erlend Wittrup Djup is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in clinical work with adults, gaining his degree at the University of Bergen, Norway in 2010. After working with traumatized children and families in South Africa, he worked as a consultant for an international research project in Tanzania. The topic of this research project was the effect of malnutrition and parental cognitive functioning in the early development of children. He has experience from in-patient and out-patient clinical practice at several branches of public health care and in private practice. He has also worked as a school psychologist and as an expert for child social services, and has since 2018 worked at the Barnahus in Bergen. Trauma has been a topic of interest for the entirety of his professional career. He is a certified EMDR-therapist, and has also had additional training in structural dissociation of the personality and in the mental health of army veterans.

Ms Trude Lindø is a special educated teacher. She has a master degree in violence and traumatic stress from the Medical faculty at the University of Oslo. Her specialization is learning disabilities connected to traumatic stress. Trude is certified EMDR-therapist and is taking part in ongoing training in sensorimotor psychotherapy connected to the Sensorimotor psychotherapy Institute. She is also certified as a Rosen Method Body therapist. Trude is working as a Senior Executive officer at the Barnehus in Kristiansand in the southern part of Norway. She has earlier been working in the Family Welfare Service, and from 2008 to 2017 in a psychiatric outpatient clinic with children and youth from 0 – 18 year old, working with a wide spectre of disorders connected to complex trauma and dissociation. She also runs her own practice as a body therapist, mainly working with adults.

Therapeutic assessment and treatment at the Barnahus

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The second of this 2-part webinar will present concrete examples of how trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT) is delivered at the Barnahus, and how to ensure follow-up and long-term support for each child. The speaker will also discuss the importance of the mental health assessment, and the importance of play when working with small children. The webinar is presented by Paola Cardenas, psychologist and family therapist at Barnahús Iceland.

Speaker: Ms Paola Cardenas: During the past five years, Paola Cardenas has been working as a psychologist, family therapist and forensic interviewing at Barnahus. At Barnahus, she has specialized in forensic interviewing and trauma-focused psychotherapies such as TF-CBT, CBT and EMDR. Before Barnahus, Paola worked as a psychologist and chief psychologist at the Children’s Prevention and Treatment Team of the Suðurnes Hospital and Health Center and prior to that as a project manager and psychologist at the headquarter offices of the Icelandic Red Cross.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar 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 of violence in criminal proceedings

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In this webinar, we will hear the perspective from the judicial/police sector about the value and results of when child victims and witnesses of violence give evidence via a forensic interview at the Barnahus. Main speaker: Símon Sigvaldason, Icelandic Judge.

As a Judge from Iceland, Mr. Símon Sigvaldason shared his perspective on the forensic interview in Barnahus, why Barnahus is positive for the judicial process and how it protects the child. He also discussed due process and the rights of the defence in the context of the forensic interview in Barnahus. We hope this webinar will support your efforts to lobby for change and commitment in your own countries.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.


Part 2: Adapting the forensic interview to the needs of the child

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With reference to Barnahus Quality Standards 3 and 6, this webinar will present strategies and approaches to meeting the individual needs of every child and ensuring equitable access to child-friendly justice at the Barnahus. This will include adaptations for children with disabilities or language barriers, including using interpretation. The webinar will also discuss adapting the interviews to different age groups and what you can expect from children of different ages. Main speaker: Gordana Flander, Director of the Child and Youth Center in Zagreb.

You’ll want to join us live to ask the speaker questions and chat with colleagues around Europe about their insights and experiences.

Gordana Buljan Flander (PhD) is a psychologist, psychotherapist and Director of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb. She has been working with children for over 30 years and was amongst the first professionals in Croatia who recognized the importance of the issue of child abuse and neglect. In 1997 she founded the helpline for abused and neglected children; in 2002 she initiated the foundation of the Child Protection Center of Zagreb – the only health care institution specialized in working with traumatized children in Croatia.

Besides working directly with children and families, she is active as an academic and wrote 7 books and several scientific papers. She works as a lecturer on many universities and is Court Expert for psychology, conducting trainings in domestic, regional and international settings, sharing experiences with other professionals in Croatia and worldwide.


Part 3: Preventing re-victimization when conducting forensic interviews at the Barnahus

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With reference to Barnahus Quality Standard 6, this webinar will explore how a forensic interview is conducted. In doing so, the speakers will present the preparation, protocol, and follow-up involved with conducting a forensic interview of a child victim or witness of violence. Main speaker: Ólöf Ásta Farestveit, Director of Barnahus Iceland.

With reference to Barnahus Quality Standard 6, this webinar will explore how a forensic interview is conducted. In doing so, the speakers will present the preparation, protocol, and follow-up involved with conducting a forensic interview of a child victim or witness of violence. Main speaker: Ólöf Ásta Farestveit, Director of Barnahus Iceland.

You’ll want to join us live to ask the speaker questions and chat with colleagues around Europe about their insights and experiences.

Ms Ólöf Ásta Farestveit
has been a therapist and a forensic interviewer at Barnahus since 2001, becoming its Head in 2007. She has conducted over 700 forensic interviews with children aged 3-18 in instances where sexual abuse was suspected. Additionally, she is the author of the book “Verndum þau” (“Lets protect them”, Reykjavík, 1st ed. 2006, 2nd ed. 2013) about how to respond to suspicions of neglect or violence against children and youth. In 2016, she received a diploma in Family Therapy from the University of Iceland.

Born in 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland, she holds a BA in Criminology and another in Child Pedagogy from the Stockholm University, Sweden. In the following, she worked in a state treatment centre for youth and for a short time in an Icelandic prison and probation administration monitoring and helping young offenders.


Mini-series on medical evaluation – a key criteria for the Barnahus and similar setups 

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 1: Framework for medical standards, featuring Stefan Rune, Consultant Paediatrician at Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden
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– 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.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

Facility Dogs 101: when furry friends help children to tell their stories

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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.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

Law as one enabling factor for the Barnahus 

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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 PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

Law as one enabling factor for the Barnahus 

Watch the webinar now.
Download the presentation. 

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 PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

 

Putting the child at the centre: ensuring an inclusive and child-friendly setup

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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.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

Working together in the best interests of the child: discussions on the formal agreements and the daily work of multidisciplinary interagency cooperation

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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.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

Adapting the Barnahus concept to local realities

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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.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

20 years of Barnahus – Featuring Bragi Gudbrandsson

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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.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

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 viewed here.

To get the most out of watching the recording of the webinar, we recommend you read the PROMISE Advocacy Guidance and consider reading the Enabling Child-sensitive Justice report.

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.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

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.