Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Susanna Johansson, Kari Stefansen, Elisiv Bakketeig, Anna Kaldal
    Pages 1-31 Open Access
  3. Child-Friendliness, Support and Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Ann-Margreth E. Olsson, Maria Kläfverud
      Pages 57-74 Open Access
  4. The Forensic Child Investigative Interview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Trond Myklebust
      Pages 97-119 Open Access
    3. Gunn Astrid Baugerud, Miriam Sinkerud Johnson
      Pages 121-143 Open Access
    4. Åse Langballe, Tone Davik
      Pages 165-183 Open Access
  5. Children’s Rights Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Hrefna Friðriksdóttir, Anni G. Haugen
      Pages 187-206 Open Access
    3. Anna Kaldal, Åsa Landberg, Maria Eriksson, Carl Göran Svedin
      Pages 207-226 Open Access
  6. Interagency Collaboration and Professional Autonomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Susanna Johansson
      Pages 251-271 Open Access
    3. Elisiv Bakketeig
      Pages 273-292 Open Access
    4. Kari Stefansen, Susanna Johansson, Anna Kaldal, Elisiv Bakketeig
      Pages 331-352 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 353-384

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This edited collection explores the background and implementation of the Nordic Barnahus (or 'Children's House') model – recognised as one of the most important reforms related to children who are the victims of crime in the Nordic region. This book discusses both its potential to affect change and the challenges facing it. The model was introduced as a response to a growing recognition of the need for more integrated and child-centred services for children exposed to violence and sexual abuse. In the Barnahus structure, different professions work together to ensure that victimized children receive help and treatment and that their legal rights are met. This original study is organised into four broad themes: child-friendliness, support and treatment; the forensic child investigative interview; children’s rights perspectives; and interagency collaboration and professional autonomy. Each themed section includes in-depth chapters from different Nordic countries, outlining and analysing the practice and outcomes of the collaborative work engaged in by Barnahus from different perspectives. The introductory and concluding chapters offer a comparative lens useful for policy and practice implementation within the Nordic welfare state context and beyond, ensuring this book has global academic and practical appeal.


Barnahus Nordic Scandinavia Child protection multi-agency working Criminology Criminal Justice Council of Europe Children Young people Policy Practice Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanna Johansson
    • 1
  • Kari Stefansen
    • 2
  • Elisiv Bakketeig
    • 3
  • Anna Kaldal
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Social WorkLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Norwegian Social Research, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied SciencesOsloNorway
  3. 3.Norwegian Social Research, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied SciencesOsloNorway
  4. 4.Law FacultyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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