Learn about Scotland's first full 'Barnahus' for child-centred justice and healing, currently being developed.

Called Bairns Hoose in Scotland to reflect its origins in the Barnahus and the heritage of the Scottish language, the Bairns Hoose will transform child victims' experience of justice and recovery in Scotland. Join Children England to hear how it works, and discuss how professionals and decision-makers in England can learn from and engage with the Bairns Hoose as it develops.

Why is Scotland creating a Bairns Hoose?

Currently, once a crime has been reported, the child involved will need to speak a multitude of different people – the police, social workers, doctors, nurses and others who are trying to help. This can mean they have to relive what has happened to them up to 14 times to different people in different places. Sometimes they may not be able to have a family member or loved one with them, making the experience even more difficult. Children say the experience can be more traumatising than the crime itself. 

What will the Bairns Hoose offer?

Scotland's Bairns Hoose will be a child-friendly, safe and welcoming place for children to go to once a crime has been reported. Designed to feel like a family home, it will be warm, welcoming and familiar. It will provide a single-location alternative to courts, social work offices and police stations, allowing each young person to feel safe and supported, and able to recover and thrive.

At the Bairns Hoose, each young person will:

  • Give evidence.
  • Receive medical care.
  • Take part in decisions about their protection.
  • Get support to recover from the trauma they have experienced.
  • Have a space where their wider family can also get support to understand what has happened to their child and how best to help them through it all.

It's based on an internationally renowned model first developed in Iceland, called Barnahus. The Barnahus model brings together justice, health, social work and recovery support, to best meet the needs of child victims and witnesses.

This event

At our free online forum you'll be able to:

  • Hear where the Barnahus model comes from and how it will work in Scotland
  • Learn what research and evaluation tells us about the impact of the model
  • Hear from project funders the People's Postcode Lottery
  • Ask questions of the project partners 
  • Discuss what England can learn from the project and how we can engage with its development

The Bairns Hoose partners are:

Children 1st

Victim Support Scotland

The University of Edinburgh

Children England

Scotland's first Bairns Hoose is being made possible thanks to £1.5m funding awarded by the Postcode Dream Trust at the People's Postcode Lottery

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Contact Chloe Darlington with any questions. 

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