Barnahus is internationally recognised as an evidence-based model of excellence for children and families. The Barnahus model was established in Iceland in 1998. It seeks to provide a trauma-informed response to child victims and witnesses of serious and traumatic crimes in a familiar and non-threatening setting.
The international model has at its heart 4 key principles:
- respect for the participatory rights of the child by ensuring they are heard and receive information and support to exercise their rights
- multidisciplinary and interagency collaboration during investigations and procedures with the aim of avoiding re-traumatisation and securing outcomes that are in the best interests of the child
- comprehensive, accessible services to meet the complex, individual needs of the child and their non-offending family or caregivers
- ensuring high professional standards, training and resources for those working with child victims and witnesses.
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