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Network updates June 2021

Network updates June 2021

During this period, the Network has been building partnerships and applying for funding, and a number of notable developments across the region have been announced.

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Now accepting new members

Now accepting new members

Apply by 30 September 2021 to be considered in the next round. We give this generous deadline to accommodate your long and well deserved summer holidays. There are many reasons to join the PROMISE Barnahus Network. As of 2021, we have added a few new ones, and updated a many of the original member benefits.

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The “Four rooms”

The “Four rooms”

What exactly are these “four rooms” at Barnahus, embedded in a multidisciplinary and interagency environment? And what support does the PROMISE Barnahus Network give its members in this regard? Read on to learn more.

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Barnahus step by step

Barnahus step by step

There’s a continuum of 5 steps that we see play out in countries establishing Barnahus. Read on to learn more about each step and the resources, courses, and other forms of support the Network provides to support your work through each step. We invite you to explore the courses and support, publications and webinars that the PROMISE Barnahus Network provides.

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

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Introducing the founding members of the Network

Introducing the founding members of the Network

The founding members of the PROMISE Barnahus Network have 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.

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Improvements to the National Coordination Mechanism are under consideration in Bulgaria

Improvements to the National Coordination Mechanism are under consideration in Bulgaria

Work is underway to improve the Bulgarian National Coordination Mechanism for cases of child victims or at risk of violence and crises intervention. A working group, including PROMISE partner SAPI, has examined the gaps and put forth suggestions. Such changes include making it mandatory to have local coordination agreements in place, and to include specialised services such as the ‘Zona ZaKrila’ in these agreements and also the meetings of the National Coordination Mechanism.

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Iceland gives support to Bulgaria’s integration of services and the promotion of the Barnahus Quality Standards

Iceland gives support to Bulgaria’s integration of services and the promotion of the Barnahus Quality Standards

On 22 May 2018 a meeting on Multi-disciplinary and Interagency approach for work with children victims of violence – opportunities and challenges was organised in Sofia, Bulgaria. PROMISE experts Ólöf Ásta Farestveit and Þorbjörg Sveinsdóttir from Barnahus Iceland presented the Barnahus model and PROMISE Barnahus Quality Standards. 80 representatives from respective ministries, municipalities, Ombudsperson, regional prosecutors and judges, as well as child protection institutions took part.

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From pilot country to model country

From pilot country to model country

In 2015, thirteen countries joined the PROMISE vision to promote child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims and witnesses of violence. The efforts to consolidate support for Barnahus or comparable models in these countries has been brewing for some time – often years.

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

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Introducing the founding members of the Network

Introducing the founding members of the Network

The founding members of the PROMISE Barnahus Network have 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.

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Introducing the founding members of the Network

Introducing the founding members of the Network

The founding members of the PROMISE Barnahus Network have 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.

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Barnahus Linköping trains Cyprus on therapy models for cases of child abuse

Barnahus Linköping trains Cyprus on therapy models for cases of child abuse

On 5-6 December 2018, Hope for Children organised a training featuring Helena Asplund Carlqvist, Psychologist and Anna Nelson, Psychotherapist and Coordinator of Barnahus Linköping, Sweden. The main content of the training was on therapy models that are helpful for psychologists and social workers since they contain specific protocols and actions to be taken in cases of child abuse. The training was framed around the Barnahus Quality Standards and the need for a child-friendly justice system.

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Professionals in Cyprus trained by UK experts on a medical evaluation

Professionals in Cyprus trained by UK experts on a medical evaluation

The aim of the training was to analyse and shape the optimal forensic medical examination and child protection medical examination for the Cypriot context. It also aimed to train professionals to get the information they need during this process yet to make the forensic examination an OK experience for the child and the family.

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Croatian experts support Cyprus to advocate for a common approach to child sexual abuse and exploitation

Croatian experts support Cyprus to advocate for a common approach to child sexual abuse and exploitation

On 4 July 2018, the Hope for Children CRC Policy Centre organised a national roundtable discussion for professionals working with children involved in sexual abuse and exploitation. The aim was to raise awareness about the Children’s House in Cyprus and to develop a common approach. Participants discussed the benefits and challenges of multidisciplinary and interagency cooperation, and also true and false allegations of child abuse.

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PROMISE 2 is launched

PROMISE 2 is launched

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 2018 to plan the core tasks:

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From pilot country to model country

From pilot country to model country

In 2015, thirteen countries joined the PROMISE vision to promote child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims and witnesses of violence. The efforts to consolidate support for Barnahus or comparable models in these countries has been brewing for some time – often years.

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Press review – December 2020

Press review – December 2020

Where we highlight media mentions about Barnahus and similar setups around the world.  Finland: Their Non-Violent Childhoods Action Plan now available in English. This action plan was first presented at the Finnish EU Presidency conference held in Helsinki in...

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The Lighthouse: A safe space for child sexual abuse victims in the UK

The Lighthouse: A safe space for child sexual abuse victims in the UK

The Lighthouse is a service for children and young people in North London who have experienced any form of child sexual abuse, including exploitation. At The Lighthouse we put the child at the centre, to make sure they have a safe place to recover at their own pace and rebuild their lives. Medical, advocacy, social care, police, and therapeutic support are delivered in one location, providing a coordinated approach to supporting children and young people. We want children, young people and their families to receive the justice, support and therapy they need, in a timely manner, to move forward in their recovery from abuse.

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

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Introducing the founding members of the Network

Introducing the founding members of the Network

The founding members of the PROMISE Barnahus Network have 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.

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Podcast: The Lighthouse

Podcast: The Lighthouse

In this podcast episode the host is joined by two members of the Lighthouse team: Emma Harewood, Service Manager and Dr Deborah Hodes, Community Paediatrician and Health Lead, along with Jon Brown, Head of Development and Impact at the NSPCC.

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Estonia opens 3rd Barnahus location

Estonia opens 3rd Barnahus location

A third location of Barnahus in Estonia has been opened in Jõhvis. The inauguration was attended by Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, and Tanel Kiik, Minister of Social Affairs. With the country having Barnahus in the North, South and East, one more location is proposed in the West. Find out more in the press release and in the media.

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

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Barnahus in the news – Fall 2018

Barnahus in the news – Fall 2018

Barnahus Tartu, Estonia opened on 26 September. This is the second service in Estonia, which was a pilot country in PROMISE 1 and a partner in PROMISE 2.
Childhood Haus Leipzig, Germany opened on 27 September. This is the first service to launch in Germany, which was a pilot country in PROMISE 1 and a partner in PROMISE 2.

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PROMISE 2 is launched

PROMISE 2 is launched

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 2018 to plan the core tasks:

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From pilot country to model country

From pilot country to model country

In 2015, thirteen countries joined the PROMISE vision to promote child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims and witnesses of violence. The efforts to consolidate support for Barnahus or comparable models in these countries has been brewing for some time – often years.

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Press review – December 2020

Press review – December 2020

Where we highlight media mentions about Barnahus and similar setups around the world.  Finland: Their Non-Violent Childhoods Action Plan now available in English. This action plan was first presented at the Finnish EU Presidency conference held in Helsinki in...

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PROMISE Hub – an online case management system

PROMISE Hub – an online case management system

The Hub will be based on an existing tool in use by 8 Barnahus in Sweden. It will automatically collect de-personalised, comparable European data on violence against children and track performance. Tracking daily events in each case will provide a useful case management tool, and key information collected by integrating the child consultation module may be used to influence policy, law and practice. It will include a child participation module to measure the experience of children and their caretakers who visit the Barnahus. Moreover, it will automatically track performance at each Barnahus, nationally and internationally, on meeting the PROMISE Barnahus Quality Standards. Long term, such a system could become the basis for an accreditation system for Barnahus in Europe.

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

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Introducing the founding members of the Network

Introducing the founding members of the Network

The founding members of the PROMISE Barnahus Network have 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.

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Barnahus in the news – Fall 2018

Barnahus in the news – Fall 2018

Barnahus Tartu, Estonia opened on 26 September. This is the second service in Estonia, which was a pilot country in PROMISE 1 and a partner in PROMISE 2.
Childhood Haus Leipzig, Germany opened on 27 September. This is the first service to launch in Germany, which was a pilot country in PROMISE 1 and a partner in PROMISE 2.

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Network updates June 2021

Network updates June 2021

During this period, the Network has been building partnerships and applying for funding, and a number of notable developments across the region have been announced.

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Press review – December 2020

Press review – December 2020

Where we highlight media mentions about Barnahus and similar setups around the world.  Finland: Their Non-Violent Childhoods Action Plan now available in English. This action plan was first presented at the Finnish EU Presidency conference held in Helsinki in...

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Childhood-haus Berlin opens

Childhood-haus Berlin opens

Warmest congratulations to the newest service to open, Childhood-haus Berlin. Many impressive speakers joined the online inauguration. The work to open Childhood-hauses throughout Germany is led by the World Childhood Foundation Germany, a PROMISE Barnahus Network member.

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Barnahus in the news – Fall 2020

Barnahus in the news – Fall 2020

Presenting a summary of media mentions of Barnahus from the past few months: The draft law on Barnahus for the Republic of Slovenia was put to public consultation in summer 2020, and is available in English. See this press release for good background to the bill. The draft law was prepared with the help of the Joint EU Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) – Council of Europe project, on supporting the implementation of Barnahus in Slovenia – Phase II (2019-2021). Find out more.

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

View more
Barnahus in the news – Fall 2018

Barnahus in the news – Fall 2018

Barnahus Tartu, Estonia opened on 26 September. This is the second service in Estonia, which was a pilot country in PROMISE 1 and a partner in PROMISE 2.
Childhood Haus Leipzig, Germany opened on 27 September. This is the first service to launch in Germany, which was a pilot country in PROMISE 1 and a partner in PROMISE 2.

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Network updates June 2021

Network updates June 2021

During this period, the Network has been building partnerships and applying for funding, and a number of notable developments across the region have been announced.

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Barnahus is launched in Spain

Barnahus is launched in Spain

The first Barnahus in Spain has been inaugurated in Tarragona (Catalonia). This project is led by the Child Protection Agency of Catalonia, member of PROMISE Barnahus Network. The Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Families, Chakir El Homrani, and the Minister of Education, Josep Bargalló, attended the inauguration. The unit is currently located in a temporary location and the intention is to install it permanently in a newly built space in the same Educational Complex of Tarragona. The work has been strongly supported by Save the Children Spain, PROMISE Barnahus Network member. Find out more here and here.

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Catalonia, Spain, announces Barnahus will open 2019

Catalonia, Spain, announces Barnahus will open 2019

Save the Children Catalonia, which has been advocating for this move, recently held a conference of 150 participants advocating for the implementation of the Barnahus as the answer to the as-of-yet unimplemented regional law requiring a multidisciplinary interagency approach to child victims of sexual violence.

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PROMISE Hub – an online case management system

PROMISE Hub – an online case management system

The Hub will be based on an existing tool in use by 8 Barnahus in Sweden. It will automatically collect de-personalised, comparable European data on violence against children and track performance. Tracking daily events in each case will provide a useful case management tool, and key information collected by integrating the child consultation module may be used to influence policy, law and practice. It will include a child participation module to measure the experience of children and their caretakers who visit the Barnahus. Moreover, it will automatically track performance at each Barnahus, nationally and internationally, on meeting the PROMISE Barnahus Quality Standards. Long term, such a system could become the basis for an accreditation system for Barnahus in Europe.

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Introducing the founding members of the Network

Introducing the founding members of the Network

The founding members of the PROMISE Barnahus Network have 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.

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Ireland launches first Barnahus, Onehouse Galway

Ireland launches first Barnahus, Onehouse Galway

The official launch of Barnahus, Onehouse Galway took place 16 September 2019. The Barnahus, Onehouse Galway pilot project is a collaboration between the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Minister for Health and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Tusla – Child and Family Agency, The Health Service Executive and An Garda Siochana.

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PROMISE 2 is launched

PROMISE 2 is launched

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 2018 to plan the core tasks:

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From pilot country to model country

From pilot country to model country

In 2015, thirteen countries joined the PROMISE vision to promote child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims and witnesses of violence. The efforts to consolidate support for Barnahus or comparable models in these countries has been brewing for some time – often years.

View more
Network updates June 2021

Network updates June 2021

During this period, the Network has been building partnerships and applying for funding, and a number of notable developments across the region have been announced.

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Press review – December 2020

Press review – December 2020

Where we highlight media mentions about Barnahus and similar setups around the world.  Finland: Their Non-Violent Childhoods Action Plan now available in English. This action plan was first presented at the Finnish EU Presidency conference held in Helsinki in...

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

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Latvia resumes Barnahus pilot in 2019 with a focus on pre-investigation interviews

Latvia resumes Barnahus pilot in 2019 with a focus on pre-investigation interviews

The Barnahus model was piloted in Riga, Latvia at Center Dardedze for six months during 2017 on the basis of the Barnahus Quality Standards. This pilot had a focus on the criminal investigation phase. The evaluation of the pilot highlighted that a number of things should be established: agreements among the parties, a monitoring committee, and Barnahus statutes (regulations). On 5 June 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers decided that the Ministry of Welfare should set up the Barnahus Monitoring Committee, and that this committee should develop Barnahus statutes.

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Latvian develops recommendations, examines the Icelandic experience with exploratory interviews at the Barnahus

Latvian develops recommendations, examines the Icelandic experience with exploratory interviews at the Barnahus

On 3 October 2018 social services practitioners met to discuss the possible structure of recommendations for a procedure for cases when criminal proceedings are not initiated. Key experts will draft the recommendations, which are developed as part of PROMISE 2 and will be implemented in Riga region in Center Dardedze as part of the BADEV project. It is hoped the recommendations could be finished in February 2019 and therefore implementation could start in March 2019.

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Roundtables in Latvia develop questionnaire on procedures in cases where criminal proceedings are not initiated

Roundtables in Latvia develop questionnaire on procedures in cases where criminal proceedings are not initiated

On 19 March 2018 policymakers and practitioners met in Latvia for a roundtable discussion on experiences and challenges in protecting with children who are victims of sexual abuse, as well as to discuss PROMISE 2 and its activities. Representatives from Social services of Riga, Ministry of Welfare, Ombudsman office, Department of Social Welfare of Riga city council, Riga Custody court participated in the meeting.

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

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From pilot country to model country

From pilot country to model country

In 2015, thirteen countries joined the PROMISE vision to promote child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims and witnesses of violence. The efforts to consolidate support for Barnahus or comparable models in these countries has been brewing for some time – often years.

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Network updates June 2021

Network updates June 2021

During this period, the Network has been building partnerships and applying for funding, and a number of notable developments across the region have been announced.

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Moldova meets with PROMISE

Moldova meets with PROMISE

The Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, the lead partner of PROMISE, recently hosted a delegation from Moldova to discuss best practices and common challenges. Moldova is in the feasibility study stage. The National Center for Child Abuse Prevention has the support for establishing specialized services for child victims of violence from the World Childhood Foundation, the OAK Foundation and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Moldova.

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Moldova is in the feasibility study stage

Moldova is in the feasibility study stage

Moldova is in the feasibility study stage, with the support of organisations such as the National Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Council of Europe, UNICEF, and the World Childhood Foundation.

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European experience of Barnahus movement presented in Republic of Moldova

European experience of Barnahus movement presented in Republic of Moldova

On 22 February 2018, the National Center for Child Abuse Prevention (NCCAP), in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection and the Ministry of Justice, and due to the support of the World Childhood Foundation and the Council of Europe (CoE), organized the workshop “Multiagency response to violence against children through a friendly service for children victims based on Barnahus Model”.

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Network updates June 2021

Network updates June 2021

During this period, the Network has been building partnerships and applying for funding, and a number of notable developments across the region have been announced.

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

View more
Introducing the founding members of the Network

Introducing the founding members of the Network

The founding members of the PROMISE Barnahus Network have 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.

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Poland has 4 Barnahus in operation, supported by a national network

Poland has 4 Barnahus in operation, supported by a national network

The Polish Barnahus form a network coordinated by the Empowering Children Foundation. Two Barnahus are operated by the Empowering Children Foundation (Warsaw and Starogard, Gdanski) and two others are opreated by local NGO’s. Each Barnahus is supported by the Velux Foundation and local authorities, has funding secured for several years, and is committed to meeting the Barnahus Quality Standards.

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Poland launches Barnahus in Warsaw

Poland launches Barnahus in Warsaw

On April 9th 2018, The Empowering Children Foundation launched a new Barnahus in Warsaw. The event introduced sponsors and local authorities to the services and the beautiful, spacious premises. The goal for Barnahus Warsaw is to provide interdisciplinary support to 300 children victims of sexual abuse and violence and their families every year.

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PROMISE 2 is launched

PROMISE 2 is launched

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 2018 to plan the core tasks:

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PROMISE 2 is launched

PROMISE 2 is launched

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 2018 to plan the core tasks:

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From pilot country to model country

From pilot country to model country

In 2015, thirteen countries joined the PROMISE vision to promote child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims and witnesses of violence. The efforts to consolidate support for Barnahus or comparable models in these countries has been brewing for some time – often years.

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Network updates June 2021

Network updates June 2021

During this period, the Network has been building partnerships and applying for funding, and a number of notable developments across the region have been announced.

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Scotland aims to ensure children do not have to give evidence in court

Scotland aims to ensure children do not have to give evidence in court

Children should not have to give evidence in court. The Scottish Government has committed to exploring the application of Barnahus through both its Programme for Government 2018-19 and the Equally Safe delivery plan – a Scottish and Local Government-led strategy which seeks to eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls.

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Barnahus in the news – Fall 2018

Barnahus in the news – Fall 2018

Barnahus Tartu, Estonia opened on 26 September. This is the second service in Estonia, which was a pilot country in PROMISE 1 and a partner in PROMISE 2.
Childhood Haus Leipzig, Germany opened on 27 September. This is the first service to launch in Germany, which was a pilot country in PROMISE 1 and a partner in PROMISE 2.

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From pilot country to model country

From pilot country to model country

In 2015, thirteen countries joined the PROMISE vision to promote child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims and witnesses of violence. The efforts to consolidate support for Barnahus or comparable models in these countries has been brewing for some time – often years.

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Network updates June 2021

Network updates June 2021

During this period, the Network has been building partnerships and applying for funding, and a number of notable developments across the region have been announced.

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CRC Committee recommends Hungary adopt legal measures for Barnahus

CRC Committee recommends Hungary adopt legal measures for Barnahus

The Committee’s recommendations to Hungary included, among others, urged the State party to “Adopt the legal measures necessary to support the implementation of the Barnahus programme; and ensure that child victims of violence have effective access to the investigation and therapy services based on the Barnahus model, and that these services are by default available to all child victims of violence.” This recommendation was made with reference to general comment No. 13 (2011) on the right of the child to freedom from all forms of violence and taking note of target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

Presenting the #EUBarnahus Exhibition

In conjunction with the launch of the PROMISE Barnahus Network, we also unveiled an exhibition – both in-person and online – about support for Barnahus and Network. The exhibition featured the voices of officials, professionals and – most importantly – children!

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Hungarian Barnahus Act came into force 1 Jan 2019

Hungarian Barnahus Act came into force 1 Jan 2019

On 1st January 2019, the Barnahus Act came into force in Hungary. It establishes public funding for the operation of the Barnahus – as well as official and police and judicial requests. The bill was endorsed by the annual social occupational conference in October 2018, discussed in the Parliament November 2018, and voted on 6 December 2018.

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Hungary inaugurates Barnahus Goodwill Ambassador Tímea Nagy

Hungary inaugurates Barnahus Goodwill Ambassador Tímea Nagy

In 2018, Hungary introduced the Goodwill Ambassador of the Barnahus to the public. Ms Tímea Nagy is a two-time Olympic champion and a beloved former Hungarian athlete. As the Barnahus Goodwill Ambassador, Ms Nagy is the face of Barnahus and will work to raise awareness about cases of sexually abused.

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Budapest region discusses Barnahus integration with Hungarian justice system

Budapest region discusses Barnahus integration with Hungarian justice system

On 6 June 2018, Hungarian professionals met to discuss how the application of the Barnahus model in Hungary can be integrated with the justice system. PROMISE experts Margret Rögnvalsdottir, an Icelandic prosecutor, Hjörtur Adalsteinsson, an Icelandic judge, were on hand to share the Icelandic experience and principles. Rebecca O’Donnell, child rights specialist from Child Circle, further supported the discussions.

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West Hungary workshop discusses national legislation related to Barnahus

West Hungary workshop discusses national legislation related to Barnahus

On 10 May 2018 a workshop for more than 35 prosecutors from different counties in Hungary was organised regarding legislation related to Barnahus. PROMISE expert Margrét Unnur Rögnvaldsdóttir, a prosecutor from Iceland, was on hand to share the Icelandic experience. At the workshop, results from the pilot project in Szombathely were presented, including that the investigative and judicial phases have been shortened in 4 cases of child abuse. As a result of the workshop, legislative amendments needed for full implementation of the Barnahus model will be developed. The workshop was organised back-to-back with an international child protection conference.

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