PROMISE has worked since 2015 to establish Barnahus as a standard practice in Europe. Barnahus is a multidisciplinary intervention for child victims and witnesses of violence, which are organized in a child-friendly setting and under one roof, to provide rapid access to justice and care.
By bringing stakeholders together to share experiences and knowledge, and to jointly develop and commit to the Barnahus Quality Standards, PROMISE accelerated progress across Europe in providing multidisciplinary services to child victims of violence.
The Network was established in 2019 to continue this work, with the understanding that a European approach will be essential for the continuity of capacity-building, advocacy, and provision of Barnahus and similar services at the national level. Current and upcoming European Barnahus operate under the same European legislation to protect victims and combat violence against children, in particular sexual violence. And even though local contexts may differ, countries experience similar opportunities and challenges in establishing and operating multidisciplinary interventions under one roof.
About the PROMISE Barnahus Network
The PROMISE Barnahus Network is a member-led organisation that works to harmonize and consolidate good Barnahus practice across Europe, and does so in support of and consultation with a competent and committed Barnahus workforce across Europe and an established peer-to-peer network.
The Network’s activities support members to:
- Improve practice by having access to training, mentorship and practical tools, including University certified training in forensic interviews and therapy
- Gain recognition, and in the longer-term accreditation, for excellence in practice by having access to training, support, mentoring and tools to benchmark progress to practicing in line with the Barnahus standards
- Share expertise and learning and helping shape the European Barnahus Movement by having access to a broad network which actively engages in exchange and mutual learning
- Extend outreach and visibility by being part of a broad professional network, visibility in European social media and opportunities to meet other professionals from across Europe
- Explore funding opportunities by offering access to expertise and reliant partnerships
The network embraces a broad and diverse membership from across Europe and its near neighbourhood, drawing on existing and emerging Promise partnerships with stakeholders from across Europe+ and across sectors. Together we are expanding the possibilities to support to all interested services and stakeholders, especially as new countries and services continually become engaged.
We seek services, organisations and individuals who fully embrace multi-disciplinary and interagency collaboration, promoting involvement and exchange from all relevant and interested sectors.
New membership applications are open on a rolling basis, with key deadlines announced via our newsletter.
Become a Member
Have access to training, mentorship and practical tools, including University certified training in forensic interviews and therapy
Gain accreditation by having access to training, support, mentoring and tools to benchmark progress.
Share expertise and learning
Help shape the European Barnahus Movement by having access to a broad network which actively engages in exchange and mutual learning
Extend outreach and visibility
Be a part of a broad professional network, visibility in European social media and opportunities to meet other professionals from across Europe
Membership benefits include:
Support when and where you need it:
- UPDATED! Support desk services, connecting members to exclusive, needs-based exchange and support opportunities internationally;
- UPDATED! Exchange and mutual support, including through the network’s exclusive Professional Networking and Exchange platform for subject-matter specific topics and emerging issues that have an impact on the daily work in Barnahus.
Training and targeted support:
- UPDATED! Priority access in trainings, study visits, conference participation, and other formats of courses and support;
- UPDATED! in-house, tailor-made, and self-training, provided by the Competence Centre at the PROMISE Barnahus Network;
- UPDATED! The availability of Network representatives to join projects as partners or external experts to give specialized support;
- Trainings are free or subsidized for members, when possible;
- Peer support through mentorship and training of trainers.
Practical tools and resources:
- NEW! Translations – upon joining, each member receives the short version of the Standards translated into their national language if not already available. Then once per year, each member may select any of the PROMISE publications or webinars published on barnahus.eu for translation/subtitles;
- NEW! Grant writing support – based on the network’s exclusive guidance document collecting our experience with Barnahus funding and projects on the national and international levels;
- UPDATED! Child participation, including inspiration and guidance as developed by the network’s Child Participation Working Group;
- Regular publication of tools, resources and guidance based on member requests;
- Data collection, evaluation and research to monitor impact.
Visibility on the national and international levels:
- UPDATED! The availability of Network representatives to speak at conferences and in courses;
- Being part of a known and respected actor promoting Barnahus and similar setups;
- Being known for putting your country on the Barnahus map.
Members of the Network share a vision of a Europe where the human rights of children to protection from violence, to support, and to be heard are fulfilled.
Members also share a mission to promote and support the establishment and operation of evidence-based, comprehensive, child-friendly interventions and rapid access to justice and care.
Each full member, developing member, associated member and supporter brings important experience and knowledge which enhances the Network’s ability to undertake its mission, and brings us closer to realising our vision. Our diverse membership ensures broad representation of interests and a rich exchange.
To find out which membership type you qualify for, please read the Information for applicants.
Structure and fees
The network is hosted by the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat and enjoys the support of the Children at Risk Unit. Network members gather in the General Assembly, which coincides with a biannual European Barnahus Forum. The network is governed by a Steering Group, consisting of permanent and rotating memberships. The network enjoys the strong leadership and commitment from key experts in Europe and is assisted by actors with specific technical expertise. The PROMISE Barnahus network actively engages supporters and sponsors, including Governments, private foundations, corporate foundations, private benefactors, and other donors.
Associate members pay 250 EUR per year. Barnahus and similar services pay based on their total annual Barnahus budget for the calendar year, starting at 300 EUR per year. Fees are paid based on the calendar year. See the Information for applicants and Network Statutes for more information.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Read the membership application packet.
Use the included checklist to see which membership level you qualify for.