Adapting the Barnahus concept to local realities

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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 Zagreb, Croatia work to achieve the Barnahus Quality Standards in their local contexts.

About the speakers:

Anna M. Pettersson works as a coordinator at the Barnahus in Linköping, Sweden. The Barnahus started in 2005 and she has followed the Barnahus development from the very beginning, first as a representative in the working group and then, from 2012, as coordinator. She is a social worker and has earlier mainly been working with children and adolescents within social services. As a coordinator, she is also a member of different development groups, dealing for example with genital mutilation, violence in close relationships, and the importance of routines for children within the target group. She holds lectures about routines and the process of the Barnahus Model, how to identify children at risk within the target group and what to do once the children have revealed something.

Gordana Buljan Flander (PhD) is a psychologist, psychotherapist and Director of the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb. She has been working with children for over 30 years and was amongst the first professionals in Croatia who recognized the importance of the issue of child abuse and neglect. In 1997 she founded the helpline for abused and neglected children; in 2002 she initiated the foundation of the Child Protection Center of Zagreb – the only health care institution specialized in working with traumatized children in Croatia. Besides working directly with children and families, she is active as an academic and wrote 7 books and several scientific papers. She works as a lecturer on many universities and is Court Expert for psychology, conducting trainings in domestic, regional and international settings, sharing experiences with other professionals in Croatia and worldwide.

The PROMISE Webinar Series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.