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Dubai To Host 5th Arab Regional Conference For Child Protection In November
(18 June 2017)

 

The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, ISPCAN, and the Arab Society for the Prevention of Violence against Children, ARAB SPCAN, have announced that Dubai has been chosen for the first time to host the 5th Arab Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, ArabCAN, under the theme, "From Legislation to Implementation", to be organised by the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, DFWAC, from 19th to 22nd November at the Roda Al Bustan Hotel.

The Organising Committee of the conference has called on all researchers and specialists in the field of protection and care of children from around the world to contribute to enriching the conference by submitting their abstracts to the event's official website.

The announcement came during a meeting held by the Higher Committee of the Conference recently at DFWAC in the presence of all the heads and members of the organising committees, during which they discussed all the preparations and the main axes and working papers to be included in the conference.

The event is expected to witness attendance from high level decision-makers and public figures at both local and international levels, as well as a high level representation of organisations, associations and bodies involved in the protection and care of children, along with experts and specialists in the field.

The conference will provide a regional and international platform for more than 400 experts from all over the world to help protect children from abuse and neglect. It will also address the challenges and obstacles facing individuals and institutions in this field.

It will also allow the exchange of experiences among individuals, organisations and governments in many countries of the world by presenting their experiences in combating child abuse and neglect in terms of legislation and enforcement mechanisms, care, protection and rehabilitation services.

The theme of the conference is expected to cover child protection legislation and procedures, best practices in child protection in the Arab region, dealing with child abuse, training and capacity-building, studies and information collection on child abuse.

Abdulla bin Sougat, Member of the Board of Directors of DFWAC and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Conference, said, "We are proud that Dubai and the UAE was chosen to host the 5th Arab Regional Conference for the Protection of Children, which supports the emirate's drive to spread happiness and positivity among various members of the community, from children to the elderly."

He added that the conference enjoys great international attention, as it relies on scientific figures and competencies with great experience in the field of child protection and care, which contributed to give a positive feedback to the previous conferences. He expressed his confidence that the next session in Dubai will become a remarkable addition to the efforts in this area.

Afra Al Basti, Director General of DFWAC, said that the Organising Committee of the Conference is working hard to make it special, and be a genuine addition to the efforts of protecting and caring for children, whether by the scientific papers, mechanisms, applications or proposals related to children's legislation.

She added that choosing DFWAC to organise this big event demonstrates great support for its efforts to provide care and protection for children. It also underscores the important role played by the foundation and its position in community work at local and regional levels.

Dr. Bernard Gerbaka, President of ISPCAN, said, "ISPCAN has helped the Arab region to establish child protection systems and over 10 years we have established the network of Arab professionals, while for 3 years we have established the Arab Professionals Association for the Prevention of Violence against Children in Beirut and its centre in Riyadh. Since 2004, four child protection conferences have been organised in several Arab countries, Dubai will be the fifth."

He added, "ISPCAN does not interfere in the affairs of countries but helps to train professionals. It is the role of a professional in any country to interact and collaborate with others in this field to help build child protection systems and to monitor their effectiveness and development. We hope that the Dubai Conference will be a successful one under the difficult circumstances and major challenges in the region."

Pragathi Tummala, Executive Director of ISPCAN, expressed her pleasure at the choice of Dubai to host the event, stressing that the city is at the centre of the Middle East and has many advanced systems and legislation for the care and protection of children.

She added, "There is always more to learn when local and international specialists meet in one place to improve child protection and care efforts. We will also benefit from the experiences of different regions. Governments benefit greatly from such conferences, especially in the long run, because protecting children is protecting countries' futures."

Dr. Maha Al-Muneef, Chairperson of ArabSPCAN, said that Dubai will host the fifth session of the conference after Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, pointing out that child protection efforts have developed significantly in the Arab countries, although there may be some gaps in their application, but that the Dubai conference will shed light on this subject to develop mechanisms and strategies to implement the laws.

She added that the efforts in the UAE are great both at the governmental and private levels represented in the associations and the entities working in the community, and praised DFWAC's efforts for the care of women and children, saying that organising the conference is great support for its efforts.

Dr. Suad Al Marzooqi, Member of the Board of Directors of DFWAC, Head of Scientific Committee of the Conference, said that protecting children from violence and neglect is a fundamental right for them and the UAE has protected children for a long time, adding that the conference will contribute to strengthening the efforts of the UAE and exchange experiences with various countries in the world in this area.

She said, "This conference comes in difficult circumstances of wars and economic crises that affects children, and we hope that the papers presented at the conference will provide practical experiences and solutions on this subject. I invite all specialists to contribute to enrich the conference with different experiences from many countries."

Hessa Tahlak, Consultant in the Ministry of Community Development, said, "The conference will highlight the efforts and legislation of child protection and care in Dubai and the UAE, and it is happening for the first time in Dubai, reflecting the emirate's ability to attract and host regional and international conferences."

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