Existing judicial proceedings in the event of suspected child abuse in Slovenia are lengthy and rigid. The coordination between the competent institutions and the exchange of information between various involved experts and access to psycho-social support for abused children and their families are insufficient. This increases the risk of trauma and repeated victimization of the child. Statistical data from various sources (Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Police, Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office) show the increase of number of cases where children are victims of crimes and domestic violence.
The Barnahus model, a child-friendly, multidisciplinary and interagency services for abused children, recognized and promoted by the Council of Europe as an example of good practice, offers a workable solution to most of the mentioned problems. Abused children are the main beneficiary of the project.
The general goal of the project is to provide child-friendly justice in accordance with EU directives and to improve interagency cooperation in processes and procedures concerning the treatment of abused children according to the Barnahus model.
Specific project objectives:
- To establish the pilot location (premises) and test the comprehensive treatment of abused children according to the Barnahus model and provide in one place effective interagency cooperation and service for the professional and comprehensive treatment of children victims of crime.
- To establish a network of qualified experts and multidisciplinary teams.
- To establish cooperation and enable the transfer of knowledge and experience on the treatment of abused children.
- To improve the accessibility of assistance for children who are victims and witnesses of crime.
- To raise awareness of the professionals and general public of the problem.