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From 0 to Barnahus webinar series

Thursday afternoon with Bragi Guðbrandsson - 20 years of Barnahus

Don't miss the Webinar with Bragi Guðbrandsson this Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:00 CEST. 

If you’re not sure what a Barnahus is, why your country needs one, or if the model will work in your country, then look no further. In this webinar, Mr. Guðbrandsson will reflect on the why, the how, and the “what’s next?” of the establishment of the Icelandic Barnahus 20 years ago and its expansion throughout Europe and beyond – a process in which he himself has played an instrumental role.

If you are already sold on the Barnahus Model, then invite colleagues to your office to watch the webinar with you. Come up with questions to ask the speaker jointly, and plan to have time to talk together about the webinar afterwards.

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Register now for the next webinar: Adapting the Barnahus concept to local realities

On 24 May 2018 at 16:00 CEST, this webinar will compare 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. Participants are encouraged to complement the presentation with information on the special ways they work. The result will showcase existing innovations and inspire upcoming services to find the right solutions for their local contexts. Keynote speakers: Anna M. Pettersson, Social Worker/Coordination, Barnahus Linköping, Sweden and Gordana Buljan Flander, Director of Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, psychologist and psychotherapist.

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The From 0 to Barnahus webinar series is co-organised with Terre des Hommes, a partner of this project, as part of the ChildHub’s child protection webinar series.

Poland launches Barnahus in Warsaw

On April 9th 2018, The Empowering Children Foundation launched a new Barnahus in Warsaw. The event introduced sponsors and local authorities to the services and the beautiful, spacious premises. The goal for Barnahus Warsaw is to provide interdisciplinary support to 300 children victims of sexual abuse and violence and their families every year.

A seminar inaugurating the Barnahus in Warsaw took place on April 26th. 150 representatives from local government, district courts, district prosecutor offices, local police, district social welfare centres and other institutions and agencies involved in supporting children victims of abuse and violence participated in the seminar. It was opened by the representative of Warsaw local government and the representatives of the main sponsors, Velux Foundations and World Childhood Foundation. The event discussed opportunities and challenges for multidisciplinary interagency cooperation. After the seminar, the participants were transported to the Barnahus where a guided tour was organized.

The Barnahus in Warsaw is the second launched in Poland, with plans to launch two additional Barnahus by the end of 2019. The national network will be coordinated by the Empowering Children Foundation. The Children's Ombudsman, Marek Michalak, is the honorary patron of the Barnahus project in Poland. 

Barnahus in the news

BBC: Could Norway's Barnehus work in Scotland? 2 May 2018

PROMISE updates

PROMISE Calendar

Please feel free to add an event to the calendar at this link.


PROMISE Project Series – now with new covers

The PROMISE publications are now reissued with new covers. Download them at the PROMISE website.

Until next time,
The PROMISE team

PROMISE II (2017–2019) builds on learning from the first PROMISE project (2015-2017), which supported professionals and officials from more than 11 countries to establish Barnahus or similar institutions. A series of exchange meetings, study visits and capacity building efforts raised the level of knowledge of professionals and officials, who contributed to the development of standards and guidelines.

The PROMISE project also produced a series of resources for officials and practitioners who have an interest in establishing and operating Barnahus. The Barnahus Quality Standards offer ground-breaking guidance and constitute the first attempt to define the principles and good practice standards for services that want to operate according to the Barnahus model. The Standards are currently being translated into several European languages. All versions will be published on the Promise website. The Enabling Child-Sensitive Justice report gives an overview of how the Barnahus model has emerged and gradually expanded in Europe, while the Compendium of Law and  Guidance provides a comprehensive review of international and European law and authoritative guidance concerning the rights of child victims and witnesses. Promoting Progress on Barnahus in Europe guides the development of national and regional advocacy strategies.

The PROMISE project generated huge interest among professionals and authorities. In June 2017, the European Barnahus Movement was launched in the presence of the EU Commissioner for Justice and Consumer Rights, and the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children. The launch of the movement confirmed Barnahus as a good practice, validated the “Barnahus model” as a widely accepted concept, and consolidated the European network of Barnahus staff and other professionals and officials.
This project is funded by the European Union through the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). The project partnership is responsible for this content.
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