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.
Before services can launch, national commitment must blossom. Here we celebrate a few milestones that PROMISE pilot countries accomplished during 2016:
At the meeting, HM Queen Silvia returned to Linköping, 11 years after inaugurating the first Barnahus in Sweden, to give her support to the European Barnahus movement. Her advocacy played a key role in the establishment of Barnahus in Sweden. The World Childhood Foundation, which The Queen founded, helped to establish Barnahus Linköping and continues to support the establishment of Barnahus around the world.
Watch this video from the Child Protection Hub to learn how the Zagreb Child Protection Centre works.
We have seen substantial progress in Europe since the launch of the PROMISE Project during fall 2015. Lithuania opened a Barnahus in June and Hungary formally opened this week. Croatia, Finland, the Netherlands and Poland are working to expand their existing child-friendly services with inspiration from the Barnahus model. Cyprus, England, Estonia, Germany, Latvia and Malta are soon to launch new models and operations. Significant processes is being in many other countries in gathering support for establishing the Barnahus or comparable models.
Warmest congratulations to Hungary, a PROMISE Pilot Country, for its formal opening of the Barnahus in Szombathely. Among those pictured cutting the ribbon is Bragi Guðbrandsson, General Director of the Icelandic Agency for Child protection and also one of our esteemed experts on the PROMISE Project. There are several initiatives in Hungary that are working to establish child friendly centres. Maria Dr. Mária Lazáryné Illés, one of our pilot country representatives, was influential in formally opening this particular location.
PROMISE aims at promoting child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims of violence, providing them with access to justice, avoiding re-victimization and ensuring high professional standards for recovery.