Children’s House is named after Barnahus (Icelandic for “a house for children”) which is recognised as a leading child-friendly, multidisciplinary and interagency model first started in Iceland in 1998 in order to respond to child victims and witnesses of violence. The purpose of Children’s House, funded by the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, is to provide each child with a coordinated and effective response through a child-friendly supporting framework, as well as preventing re-traumatisation during investigation and court proceedings. More specifically, Children’s House offers a child-friendly, safe environment for children, bringing together all relevant services under one roof.

In carrying out this role, the Children’s House offers a one-stop-shop approach, embracing cooperation and coordination between relevant authorities and agencies such as police, social services, child protection, physical and mental health services in one child-friendly premise. The Children’s House also plays an important role in enhancing awareness and knowledge of violence against children with key stakeholders.


  • CONVEY. “Counteracting sexual violence and harassment: Engaging Youth in Schools in digital education on Gender Stereotyping”


Main Objectives

Violence against women is a brutal manifestation of gender inequality and, above all, a violation of human rights.

To address this issue, from 1st September 2016 “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center, together with other partners from different EU countries, is committed to implementing the CONVEY project which aims to prevent sexual violence and harassment and contribute to modifying violent behaviours against women, including from vulnerable groups, in an innovative way. The project adopts a participatory approach which aims to empower young people between 14 and 18 years-old from grassroots through the use of new technologies as means to promote gender equality and mutual respect.


Expected results

As expected results, the project pursues to reach:

  • Increased awareness on the phenomenon on sexual violence and harassment;
  • Developed innovative, interactive and youth-targeted educational programme on gender stereotypes and sexualisation in digital media;
  • Increased competences and skills of professionals;
  • Promoted the empowerment of sexual violence victims by involving them in the development of an online simulation game;
  • In terms of impact, changed mind-set, behaviour and attitude.

The activities include:

  • Establishment of an adult expert consulting group integrating professional external knowledge and experience in the delivering of project’s activities;
  • Involvement of young people as peer consultants;
  • Creation of an online simulation game as an educational tool;
  • Workshops for the empowerment of teachers and educators;
  • Development of a social media campaign against sexual violence and sexual harassment;
  • Dissemination and mainstreaming activities at local and transnational level.


Grant References

The project is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission (Ref. EC JUST/2015/action grants/SEXV).


Coordinator: CESIE (Italy); Partners: The Smile of the Child (Greece), Sexual Violence Centre Cork (Ireland), Gender Alternatives (Bulgaria), Westminster City Council (United Kingdom).


Duration: 30 months.


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