The field of activity of the Social Insurance Board is the organization of social protection and child protection.
The Barnahus (Children’s House) model is a child-friendly and multi-disciplinary service that we provide in order to help sexually abused children or children suspected of being sexually abused. Children’s houses are located in three parts of Estonia – North (Tallinn), South (Tartu) and East (Jõhvi). The first Children’s house was opened as a project in Tallinn on 2 January 2017 and as of 2018 the service is available to all children who are in need of assistance across Estonia.
The Barnahus model is a service whereby different specialists, such as child protection officials, the police, prosecutors, psychologists and many others work together to ensure the welfare of children. The Barnahus team assesses the child’s health, social situation and need for further assistance, carries out investigative operations necessary to resolve the case and offers the child the help he or she needs. Local authority’s child protection officials, parents and even children themselves can request the service. Likewise, a Children’s house may be contacted by any person or specialist who is concerned about a child’s sexual behavior.
Our representative the Head of Children’s House Anna Frank has managed the work on Children’s House since beginning (2016). She has worked over 10 years with sexually abused children, with children in institutional care, committed to improve skills for specialist who work with children (police, child protection specialist, teachers, coaches etc.) to ensure the well-being of children during the investigation, and for better communication with children, taken part in multidisciplinary network in child protection etc.