Barnafrid aims not only at professionals who, as part of their work, meet children and young people who have been subjected to violence, but also at professionals in other fields such as various government agencies. The purposes of the centre are to contribute to improved prevention work and to develop effective measures to protect and support children who are subjected to violence and other forms of abuse. It aims to fulfil these purposes by gathering and disseminating knowledge. Barnafrid is intended to be a link between research and practice and is responsible for several national vocational networks through which professionals are invited to lectures and seminars with the opportunity of exchanging experiences. The centre is also charged with the annual tasks of identifying areas in which more knowledge is needed, tailoring compiled information for relevant professional groups, and identifying and reporting on areas for development to the government.
Barnafrid is led by the Head of Department, Laura Korhonen, and employs 18 co-workers. Its operations are reported annually to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. In addition to its fundamental commission, Barnafrid receives other government assignments relating to children who are subject to violence and other abuse.
Barnafrid offers different types of education such as single lectures, network meetings as well as university courses.
Barnafrid offers eduction about:
- Child abuse and sexual assault
- Children and youth psychiatry
- To educate about violence against children in university education
- Trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy
- Children and trauma
The courses are held in Swedish.