PROMISE Project final conference launches the European Barnahus Movement

The final conference of the PROMISE Project took place 14 June 2017 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium. It focused on advocating for child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims of violence.

High level speakers gave their support to the European Barnahus Movement, including Ms Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Ms Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children. Mr Bragi Guðbrandsson, Lead Expert in the PROMISE project, presented the Icelandic experience and how it has inspired the European Barnahus Movement. Panels of experts discussed multi-disciplinary and interagency response to violence against children in Europe and how the Barnahus model embodies children’s rights. The European Barnahus Quality Standards document were launched.

This was the final conference of the PROMISE project, launched in autumn 2015. Over the two years of this project partnership, the project management met a group of highly professional pioneers from 12 European countries. They were all extremely committed and delighted to be part of this forum and to collaborate with others in support of the different national processes for the establishment of Barnahus. The partners, experts and pilot countries in PROMISE have participated in several exchange meetings and study visits to existing Barnahus. They have discussed with professionals linked to Barnahus and received guidance and advice for designing the service in their own countries. Thus, several countries have established Barnahus, others have a launch date and yet others are preparing the ground. In addition, even more countries in Europe and beyond are joining the movement and are being inspired and interested to start the dynamic process towards the establishment of Barnahus. 

The conference was hosted by the Committee of the Regions. 

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Mr Bragi Guðbrandsson, Icelandic CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk Chair, 
Ms Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, 
Ms Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children,
Ms Shawnna von Blixen, CBSS Children at Risk Unit Programme Coordinator.