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 by facilitating inter-agency dialogue and developing roadmaps, inter-agency agreements and frameworks.
  • building a competent and committed workforce, including professionals from law enforcement, judiciary, medical and mental health staff and social workers.
  • translating the Barnahus Quality Standards, which define the principles and good practice standards for services that want to operate according to the Barnahus model.
  • organising training for Barnahus staff in forensic interviews, psychotherapy, medical treatment, multi-disciplinary collaboration and data collection.
  • developing a methodology based on existing practices to gather children’s views on their experience in Barnahus.

Together towards the PROMISE Vision

Whether you are a formal partner or not, your engagement is essential to the PROMISE Vision: a Europe where child victims and witnesses of violence are protected by child-friendly interventions and rapid access to justice and care. To that end, you are heartily invited to be our informal partners:

  • The PROMISE resources are open and free for you to use inspire national and global level to invest in Barnahus and similar models.
  • The webinar series will address fundamental topics and take deep dives into key challenges.
  • Encourage your colleagues to subscribe to the newsletter and social media for news about the progress in Europe and other important events.

In all cases, please freely send your questions, contributions and feedback. We are keen to help you address your biggest hurdles and to hear about your progress.


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