Step 2 – Creating an enabling environment

Barnahus is not an island isolated from the context in which it is established. It is, and should be, associated to the legal, socio-economic and cultural context that it operates in.

The Competence Centre at the PROMISE Barnahus Network supports countries to work towards an enabling environment that ensures the smooth running of Barnahus that are fully integrated in, and are contributing to, child-friendly national justice and child protection systems. 

Drawing on our studies, resources and the experience of Barnahus from across Europe, we together look at factors that can contribute to an enabling environment for Barnahus in your country.

We explore and develop strategies to ensure that Barnahus plays an integral role in ensuring child-friendly justice and child protection:

  • Aware and supportive societies
  • Law and Policy
  • National procedures for criminal investigation, the judicial process, child protection and interagency collaboration
  • Sustainable Resources
  • Interagency commitment


Find our related courses, publication, and other resources below, or move on to Step 3 – Establishing the Barnahus. 

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Adapting the Barnahus concept to local realities

Barnahus Quality Standards, Child friendly, Child protection, Criminal investigation, Enabling environment, Establishing Barnahus, Getting to yes, Interagency cooperation, Mental health, Physical health

Barnahus is a flexible format for providing rapid access to justice and care for child victims and witnesses of violence. Join our webinar Thursday to learn how Barnahus Linköping, Sweden and the Child and Youth Protection Center of...

September 18, 2020

The PROMISE Barnahus Quality Standards

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The PROMISE Barnahus Quality Standards are composed of underlying principles, specific activities and institutional arrangements that enable child-centred and effective, collaborative actions. Find out more and download the Standards...

September 18, 2020

At the Crossroads of child-centred criminal and welfare proceedings

Child protection, Child protection, Criminal investigation, Criminal justice, Enabling environment, Establishing Barnahus, EU Law, Excellence in practice, Legal, Multidisciplinary, Webinars

At the Crossroads is a legal briefing which explores the considerations for when criminal justice proceedings intersect with child protection proceedings in cases, particularly when they involve child victims of violence. Experience...

September 17, 2020

Considerations for evidence recording at the Barnahus

Child protection, Competent staff, Criminal investigation, Enabling environment, Establishing Barnahus, Excellence in practice, Factsheet, Forensic interviews, Forensic interviews, Interagency cooperation, Legal, Multidisciplinary, Webinars

There is much more to recording interviews at a Barnahus than setting up a system and hitting record. To best perform its role, a Barnahus must comply with local/international rules and regulations of evidence recording, and be able to...

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