The Child Trauma Conference has been one of the leading conferences in South Africa to address child-trauma and abuse, and brings together clinicians, researchers, policy makers, media, and members of the community in the promotion of child protection.

Jelly Beanz Inc is a Non-Profit Organization which deals with children and families who have experienced trauma and abuse. Jelly Beanz Inc offers direct services to children and families, develops resources to support assessment and interventions, offers training and mentorship to professionals working with children, and advocates for service-delivery to children who have suffered trauma and abuse.

The 9th annual Child Trauma Conference is a pre-conference to the 8th annual Southern African AIDS conference, and is scheduled to take place on 10 and 11 June 2017. The Foundation for Professional Development and Jelly Beanz Inc are partnering to host the event.

One in three South African children experience sexual abuse, 2.1 million children are orphaned due to AIDS and South Africa has the highest rate of baby killings in the world. With regards to these statistics, this conference will focus on 3 important themes namely: Childhood trauma, abuse and neglect in Southern Africa; Children affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa and sexual abuse of children in Southern Africa.

The 9th annual Child Trauma Conference is endorsed by The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), Childline, Matla Abana and the Teddy Bear Clinic.


Child Trauma Conference Endorsements

Justice Edwin Cameron

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Prof Soraya Seedat

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Monique Strydom

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Dr Ria Schoeman

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Message from the chair:

Despite the many positive reforms in law and policy in South Africa over the first two decades of democracy, those of us who work with child health and child protection are acutely aware of the challenges and shortage of resources in this field of practice. One of the critical gaps is the shortage of opportunities for knowledge and skills development and limited mentoring and support for professionals working with children. The Child Trauma Conference in June 2017 is aimed at filling these gaps so as to improve services to children and their families. Every child has the right to a healthy and safe childhood as well as the right to service provision by caring and informed professionals, should trauma, disease, neglect or other adverse events take place.

This Conference is aimed at building critical knowledge and skills in child protection practice, provision of mental health services and psycho-social support of children who enter the healthcare system. This includes both prevention of and response to trauma, neglect or abuse. There will also be opportunities to share practice challenges and give and receive the collegial support that sustains the professional working in this field.  

With regards to registration for the Conference. Media registrations will be available as well as limited scholarships, due to the affordability of the conference.

Joan van Niekerk

(Conference Chair)

Consultant: Child Rights and Child Protection

South Africa


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