Announcing the newest members of the PROMISE Barnahus Network – 2020
Aug 22, 2020

Each new member has made a notable impact on the spread of Barnahus throughout Europe and are committed to promoting this model of multi-disciplinary and interagency interventions for child victims and witnesses of violence. It is thanks to the remarkable expertise and dedication of each member that the network is able to provide concrete support for the establishment and expansion of Barnahus.

Developing member

The General Directorate of Care for Children and Adolescents is the body in charge of children’s and adolescents’ policies in Catalonia. This summer they inaugurated the first Barnahus Spain, located in Tarragona.

Associate members

World Childhood Foundation Germany has been the key actor in galvanizing buy-in and momentum regionally and federally towards adopting Barnahus. They recall, “It was like knocking on open doors. Everyone knew it should work better, but weren’t sure how.”

Children1st has been a key actor in Scotland, working strategically to support the adoption of Barnahus (locally as Bairnhoose). Within the Network they have quickly taken leadership in our work to support participatory environments for children in Barnahus, and in establishing a working group on child participation.

Save the Children Spain has been a key changemaker in supporting quick progress towards launching Barnahus in all of Spain, including by organising national dialogue building events, hosting training, and even translating the PROMISE Barnahus Quality Standards.

The Foundation Márgenes y Vínculos provides services to child victims of violence, and are lobbying the government for interagency agreements that facilitate the implementation of the Barnahus model in line with the Barnahus Quality Standards.

Barnahus Albania (f. Child Rights Center Albania) is currently working towards meeting the Barnahus Standards in their work with child victims of violence. Barnahus Albania is a key voice in advocating for the Barnahus model among several national and international actors.

NSPCC delivers therapeutic work with young people and their families through their “Letting the Future In Service” and have been leading policy advocacy for the Child House model in the UK. They are an implementing partner at The Lighthouse, London.

ChildPotential is founded by Sabine Jones, who is a mover and shaker in the field of child rights, and who has support from key actors to work towards bringing together Barnahus in France and other countries where today there are clusters of relevant organisations, services, local administrations, and experts.

Anneli Larsson is a senior lecturer at the Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg. She has been employed by the Swedish police as a forensic child interviewer and as the coordinator at Barnahus Göteborg. She also was project manager for the evaluation of Swedish Barnahus.

Founding member

The experience and learning that Bøernehus Sjælland, Denmark has shared with PROMISE over the years has been instructive and inspirational for many up-and-coming Barnahus. Of special note is the Danish Barnahus law, innovations in including medical staff, and of course a number of study visits over the years.

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