Child Trauma Conference Endorsements
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
Consultant: Child Rights and Child Protection