On the occasion of the opening of the Children’s House in Cyprus, professionals from Cyprus invited Director of Child and Youth Protection Center, Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, and Center’s psychologist Ana Marija Španić to present the model of Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, as an example of good practice to member countries of Council of Europe. Besides Barnahus model from Iceland, Croatian model of Child Protection Centre was presented to Cyprian experts so that they could use solutions and know-how that suits their environment.
Forty participants from Cyprus – mental health experts, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police, forensic doctors and representatives from relevant ministries – gathered together at a roundtable within the PROMISE 2 project held on July 4th 2018 in Nicosiato to discuss multidisciplinary and inter-agency model of protecting abused children.
About the project
Within PROMISE 2 (2017–2019), several countries in Europe are intensifying their multi-disciplinary and interagency collaboration to ensure that child victims and witnesses of violence have access to child-friendly services and benefit from professional and effective response in a safe environment. The rights of the child to protection, support and to be heard without being exposed to risks of re-traumatisation are central to this model.
PROMISE 2 promotes progress at national level in several European countries. It aims to ensure commitment from key authorities by facilitating inter-agency dialogue in national strategic roundtables, as well as developing plans and roadmaps, inter-agency agreements and frameworks. It further aims to contribute to building a competent and committed workforce, including professionals from law enforcement, judiciary, medical and mental health staff and social workers. Tailor-made training will be provided to Barnahus staff in areas such as forensic interviews, psychotherapy, medical treatment, multi-disciplinary collaboration and data collection. A key aim of PROMISE 2 is to ensure that children are placed at the centre of the process and that their voices are heard.
PROMISE 2 builds on learning from the first PROMISE project (2015-2017), which supported government officials and practitioners 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 the government officials and practitioners, who also contributed to the development of standards and guidelines. PROMISE produced a series of resources for government officials and practitioners who have an interest in establishing and operating Barnahus. PROMISE 2 stakeholders are committed to introducing and operating child-friendly, multi-disciplinary and rights-based services for child victims and witnesses of violence. With the formal support from national authorities, PROMISE 2 provides partner countries with opportunities to translate their commitment into action and engage with others in the process.
The project is managed by the Children at Risk Unit in the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat in close collaboration with Child Circle.
Council of Baltic Sea States Secretariat, Coordinator; Social Activities and Practice Institute, Bulgaria; Hope for Children CRC Policy Center, Cyprus; Social Insurance Board, Estonia; National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland; World Childhood Foundation, Germany; Child Circle, Belgium; Szociális Szolgáltatók Közhasznú Egyesülete, Hungary, Region West; Terre des Hommes, Hungary; TUSLA, Ireland; Centre Dardedze, Latvia; Empowering Children Foundation, Poland; Save the Children, Romania.
Barnahus Reykjavik, Iceland; Barnahus Linköping and Stockholm, Sweden; The National Police Directorate and 2 Barnehus, Norway; Børnehus Sjælland, Denmark; MDCK, Netherlands; The Havens, Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, England, and Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, Croatia.
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