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Coordinated approach to child victims of violence

On 18th of February 2021 an agreement was signed between the Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia on the implementation of project “Support for Barhanus Implementation in Latvia”. The aim of the project is to create a one-stop support agency for child victims of violence in Latvia.

Barnahus is an internationally recognized model of interdisciplinary and multi-institutional cooperation for children who have suffered from violence or are its witnesses. Barnahus aims to provide a coordinated and effective support for every child and prevent their repeated traumatization during police investigation. Barnahus ensures gathering process of high-quality evidence for law enforcement institutions and for investigative purposes so that a child is spared from appearing in court. Child’s best interests are taken care of by medical, police and social workers, as well as psychologists and other professionals.

In the first phase of the project, it is planned to renovate premises for Barnahus use and strengthen the legal, policy and institutional framework for development of multidisciplinary interagency services and sustainability of Barnahus. Afterwards, the knowledge and capacities of professionals will be strengthened and Barnahus operation team will be created to provide the necessary help for child victims. Baranhus will be located in the premises of Children’s Clinical University Hospital. After finishing preparations child victims of violence will receive professional and safe help.

Project partners include the Icelandic Government Agency for Child Protection, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development and the State limited liability company “Children’s Clinical University Hospital” in Latvia. To formally embed Barnahus in the national structure and to provide sustainable public funding, the State Inspectorate for Protection of Children’s Rights will also be involved.

Support for the project is received from the European Economic Area Grants for 2014-2021 under the “International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime” programme (EEA Grants programme). Under the EEA Grants programme the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia acts as the Programme Operator and the Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia acts as the Project Promoter. Project deadline is April of 2024. Total project funding is just above 2 million euros out of which EEA Financial mechanisms funding is 1.7 million euros or 85%.

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