BaseCan – Introduction to child abuse and neglect

The Base-Child Abuse and Neglect (BASE-CAN) course provides evidence-based knowledge about child abuse and neglect, grounded in the multidisciplinary approach of Barnahus. Such knowledge is essential for all Barnahus staff to prevent child abuse and neglect as well as to help victims.

The course covers different theories and working methods tailored to the work of Barnahus, which are relevant for all staff and competencies covering all four rooms embedded in the multidisciplinary approach: criminal investigation (police), child protection (social services), physical health (paediatrics/gynaecology), mental health (child and adolescent psychiatry).

At the end of the course, participants will have a shared baseline knowledge about child abuse and neglect, and will be aware of the consequences of their choice as professionals when dealing with such cases.

Who the course is for 

All professionals who meet child victims of abuse in Barnahus.


Pass/ Fail

Participants who successfully finish the course are eligible to receive 7,5 ECTS credits. The pace of study is quarter speed over one semester. To pass the course the participants will have to take part in 80 % of the training, the group seminar and examination.


Degree in psychology, social work, medicine, law or equivalent of at least 120 ECTS credits.


All spaces for our upcoming trainings on this topic are currently full. Sign up to our waitlist to be eligible for any spots that become available, or to get early access to trainings we schedule in the future. 


About the instructor

Linda Jonsson holds a PhD in child psychiatry. She has been working in social services and child psychiatry in Sweden and with responsibility for issues related to sexual abuse and exploitation at the Swedish national competence centre against child abuse, Barnafrid. Her research covers all forms of child abuse, especially sexual exploitation and online sexual abuse. Linda is currently a senior lecturer in social work at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke College university, and engages in various expert and consulting roles in Sweden.  

What participants say

  • Very good course to listen in to other professionals’ experiences 
  • I work with this topic and more people who work within polis- or social services should do these courses 
  • I have learnt a lot and gotten a lot of ideas on how to develop my own work. 
  • This is a basic course in abuse but suits everyone. You get to reflect and think of the work you do. 

After completing this course, the following learning outcomes should be achieved: 

  • describe prevalence, background factors and needs among child victims of child abuse and neglect. 
  • define and describe different signs of traumatization among children and adolescents 
  • highlight the importance of cooperation between governmental organizations 

Applying knowledge and understanding 

  •  describe risk- and protection needs among child victims of child abuse and/or neglect 
  • discuss different intervention needs for children and families after child abuse and/or neglect. 
  •  apply relevant professional responses for children victims of abuse and/or neglect 

Making judgements and evaluation 

  • discriminate and detect children/adolescent’s victims of child abuse and/or neglect and identify relevant interventions. 
  •  identify and discuss own attitudes, values and approaches related to children victims of abuse and/or neglect. 
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