The following statements have been provided by key Bairns’ Hoose partners and stakeholders in support of the launch of the Bairns’ Hoose Pathfinder phase:
“I am delighted that Barnahus is being implemented in Scotland through the Bairns’ Hoose Pathfinder programme led by Scottish Government and working with partners across a range of sectors. This important milestone shows that Barnahus can be adapted to different contexts, cultural traditions, and legislative structures, but its core concept remains the same – to support children who have experienced trauma, in the best possible way, through multiagency responses. A significant financial contribution from the Scottish Government will help to build on the positive collaborative working between social work, police, health, third sector and other partners to ensure successful implementation and capturing learning to support a wider national rollout. I look forward to following the progress of Scotland’s Bairns’ Hoose Pathfinders closely.”
Bragi Guðbrandsson, Barnahus founder and Member of the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of the Child
“The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is proud to work with partners in the development of Bairns’ Hoose in Scotland. As prosecutors we support the whole system approach to care, protection and child-friendly justice, which will be available to children in the Bairns Hoose.
We recognise that children who have been impacted by crime may be profoundly affected by their experience and welcome the development of this new model which will support them and has been designed with their needs and views at its heart.
Acknowledging and responding to the needs of children is a priority for all partners within the criminal justice system and prosecutors are committed to ensuring that children have access to trauma informed recovery, support and justice, through the Bairns’ Hoose.”
Rt Hon Dorothy Bain KC, The Lord Advocate
“I am pleased that following years of hard work and partnership working we are in a position to launch the Bairns’ Hoose Pathfinder partnerships. It is especially welcome to see the range of Pathfinder and Affiliate partnerships as this will provide a real opportunity to learn about how the Bairns’ Hoose Standards operate in different contexts. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the new partnerships. The changes Bairns’ Hoose will bring about are essential to improve the experience and outcomes for children, young people and their families on their journey through police, social work, health, court, and support processes when they have experienced or witnessed harm.”
Val de Souza, Chair of the National Bairns’ Hoose Governance Group