PROMISE recently launched its next phase of Activities promoting the adoption and expansion of the Barnahus model throughout Europe.
During May and June 2020, a series of online meetings brought together more than 70 of our colleagues to inform and be informed about the activities and opportunities of the third phase of PROMISE, which is designed to kickstart the activities planned in the 5-year strategy of the PROMISE Barnahus Network.
These activities include university-level training in the areas of forensic interviewing and therapy, with a view to establishing a European Competence Centre for Barnahus. PROMISE is also developing case management tools, thereby laying the groundwork for an accreditation system for Barnahus. Meaningful and safe child participation is central to the work, and will, among other things, inform a review of the Barnahus Quality Standards.
We hope that by 2022 we will be able to hold the very first Barnahus Forum – a gathering of 200+ Barnahus professionals and stakeholders who will take the inspirational and energy-giving effect that PROMISE has come to be known for, and supercharge it with concrete working sessions and trainings, practical demonstrations, celebrations of progress, study visits and exchanges.
A Barnahus provides multi-disciplinary and interagency collaboration to ensure that child victims and witnesses of violence benefit from a child-friendly, professional and effective response in a safe environment which prevents (re)traumatisation. With the formal support from national authorities, PROMISE provides opportunities to translate national commitment into action and engage internationally in the process. In addition, regular networking and strategic communications continually activate our growing network of professionals and stakeholders who are committed to introducing and expanding Barnahus services nationally.
The realisation of the vision of a Europe where all children enjoy their right to be protected from violence would mean:
- States implement legislative, administrative, health, social and educational measures to prevent and address violence against children.
- Effective, comprehensive and sustainable procedures and services are in place to ensure identification, reporting, referral, investigation and treatment.
- Child victims and witnesses of violence receive support and assistance through timely access to evidence-based and multidisciplinary interventions in a safe environment.
- Child-friendly criminal and pre-trial investigations help produce admissible evidence of high evidential value.
- The child does not have to appear in Court.
- The procedural safeguards of both the alleged victim and perpetrator are protected.
The first PROMISE project (2015-2017) engaged with more than 12 pilot countries to set European standards and to engage a broad network of professionals. The final conference of this phase launched the European Barnahus Movement.
The second PROMISE project (2017-2019) partnered directly with a number of pilot countries to use the standard-setting publications developed in the first phase in order to promote national-level progress towards meeting the PROMISE Barnahus Quality Standards. This project phase also formalised the PROMISE Barnahus Network.
This current project (2020-2022) is expanding these activities to include University training, case management tools, with a view to establishing a European Competence Centre for Barnahus and laying the groundwork for an accreditation system for Barnhaus.
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