Law as one enabling factor for the Barnahus (Childhub & PROMISE webinar)

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Date of webinar: 
20 Sep 2018
Start and finish time of webinar: 
3pm CET
Anne-Lise Farstad, Executive Director at Statens barnehus Kristiansand, Norway
Kim Risom Rasmussen, Head of Børnehus Sjælland, Denmark
Merete Bonde Jørgensen, Special consultant at the National Board of Social Services, Denmark

There is a range of ways to use legislation to enable the setup and success of the Barnahus. From full legislation to no legislation, having the perfect law in place is incredibly useful, yet not an absolute condition for establishing a well-functioning cooperation. With a focus on the benefits of legislation, join this webinar to hear about best practices learned from the application of law that can be applied universally, and also to discuss crucial factors for achieving a well-functioning Barnahus.

Anne-Lise Farstad from Statens barnehus Kristiansand will share the Norwegian perspective. While the first Barnahus in Norway was established almost 11 years ago, Norway has only had legislation covering Barnahus for 3 years. Even without legislation, the conclusion of a national evaluation in 2012 was that Barnahus was a success.

Kim Risom Rasmussen from Børnehus Sjælland and Merete Bonde Jørgensen from the National Board of Social Services will share the Danish perspective. Denmark established Barnahus through a new stand-alone law that regulates the multi-disciplinary and interagency cooperation and procedures in Barnahus. Public awareness and outrage about child protection failures combined with a broad consensus that the Barnahus model would be a sensible investment for Denmark enabled the political commitment for swift law and policy reform to establish the model.

We also take this opportunity to warmly welcome the experts from Denmark and Norway into the PROMISE family of experts.

This webinar is aimed at all professionals working to establish and improve Barnahus or similar setups which are providing a multidisciplinary and interagency response to child victims and witnesses of violence. We warmly welcome participants to ask questions and contribute their own experiences in the webinar’s chat feature. Please also feel free to send questions in advance.


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