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Barnafrid is a national centre charged with gathering and disseminating knowledge about child abuse and violence against children. It is a government assignment that was awarded to Linköping University in 2015. 

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A government assignment

Barnafrid is a government assignment that was awarded to Linköping University in 2015 and is placed under the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (BKV) at the Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital Campus (US), in Linköping. 
Barnafrid not only aims 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 authorities, for example. The purpose of the centre, by means of gathering and disseminating knowledge, is 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.

Research and practice

Barnafrid is intended as a link between research and practice, and is today responsible for various national vocational networks through which professionals are invited to lecture seminars with the opportunity of exchanging experiences with each other. The centre is also charged with the annual tasks of identifying areas where 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 Center, Laura Korhonen, and employs 18 members of staff. Its operations are reported annually to the Ministry of Social Affairs.

In addition to its fundamental commission, Barnafrid receives other government assignments relating to children who are subject to violence and other abuse. Our current assignments are listed below.

Evaluation of children’s homes

In the course of 2018, we evaluated all of Sweden’s 32 children’s homes. Part of the government assignment was to identify examples of good practice and any shortcomings in operations. The overall purpose was to promote good quality, equal treatment for children exposed to abuse. 

A question of honour

Here, the government assignment was to implement training in relation to honour-related violence and repression for the country’s children’s homes. The purpose of the task was to strengthen children’s homes’ investigative competence in cases where honour-related crime is suspected. 

Trauma on the Map

On behalf of the government, we are to prepare and implement a programme of competence development for paediatric and adolescent psychiatry staff who come into contact with traumatized children and young people in their work.


The task of digitalising, and thus rendering available, a skills development programme in psychiatric trauma care for children and young people is placed within the framework of the Trauma on the Map assignment.   

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