Barnahus Quality Standards training in Finland examines the location and creation of child-friendly spaces
Jun 21, 2018

A training on the Barnahus Quality Standards was organised in Helsinki, Finland on 21 June 2018.

The Barnahus Quality Standards and the Tracking Tool were presented and discussed, with a focus on creating a child-friendly space and the location of it. The discussions were supported by the participation of Anna Petersson, representing Barnahus Linköping in Sweden; Kim Risom Rasmussen, leader of Barnahus Sjælland in Denmark; Olivia Lind Haldorson, Child Circle, PROMISE project management, and author of the Barnahus Quality Standards; and Turid Heiberg, Council of the Baltic Sea States and lead partner on the PROMISE project.

Finland is considering linking its Barnahus to their existing Family Centres, which deliver basic services close to the family. The possibility that the Barnahus could share space with these Family Centres, and the additional professionals could gather there, was discussed.

The Participants welcomed the standards and found them useful for evaluating present practices and further developing child-friendly justice and the Finnish Barnahus model. As a result of this training, key officials and experts are enabled to support the creation of the Finnish national roadmap in line with the Barnahus Quality Standards and to further promote the Standards. The training also laid the groundwork for the upcoming national roundtable.

20 participants took part, including representatives from the ministries of Interior, Justice and Social Affairs and Health, the National Police Board, the Prosecutor General, pilot areas, Åland, 5 university hospitals, child protection experts and the National Institute for Health and Welfare.

The training was organised by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare as part of the PROMISE 2 project.

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