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ISPCAN Executive Council Election 2014 Results are in!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Niki Bornes
Voting for Executive Councilors to the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) has concluded and we are appreciative to all the candidates in the election and would like to thank them for their participation in this process.


We are pleased to announce the results of the 2014 general election of Executive Councilors. The following candidates were elected to serve a six-year term for the years 2014–2020.


Bernard Gerbaka is Professor of Pediatrics at St. Joseph University in Beirut, chairs the Pediatric Department and the first hospital-based child protection unit in Lebanon. He introduced child abuse and neglect (CAN) in Lebanese health curriculum and chairs the Lebanese Institute for Child Rights. Bernard co-founded the Arab Professional Society for Prevention of Violence against Children and was elected ISPCAN Councilor in 2008. He works on adolescent health, child protection, data collection, trains health professionals, and gives university courses


Sue Bennett, a pediatrician and psychoanalyst, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Child Protection Program at the Children’s Hospital, Ottawa, Canada. She conducts research and education for multi-sectoral professionals. Sue co-led the drafting of General Comment 13 (the Right of the Child from all Violence) and is committed to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to assure the wellbeing, health and development of all children.


Figen Sahin is Professor of Pediatrics in Medical Faculty and Children’s Hospital of Gazi University and directs the Child Protection Center, the first multi-disciplinary hospital-based unit in Turkey. She has facilitated formation of such teams in many Turkish hospitals. Figen was the President of the Turkish Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect from 2005-2010 and still serves on the executive council. She co-chaired the XIXth ISPCAN Congress held in Istanbul in 2012.


Kevin Lalor has degrees in psychology from the University of College Cork and development studies from the University College Dublin. He was first alerted to the abuse of street children during doctoral studies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1992-1993. He worked as a lecturer in developmental/abnormal psychology from 1994-2001 and is presently the Head of School of Languages, Law and Society at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He continues to review, research and write on CAN.


Victoria Lidchi, clinical psychologist and family therapist trained in public health, has worked 23 years in the field of CAN. She managed projects for ISPCAN and is working on a training program in the Kingdome of Saudi Arabia. Recognition for her international consulting includes an award from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She speaks and has books and articles published in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. As ISPCAN councilor, she chaired the Education and Training Committee, is ISPCAN’s Secretary and co-chaired 2013’s Dublin conference.

Peter van der Linden (Netherlands)
initiated the Netherlands SPCAN, the National CAN Municipality Monitor, and European Exchange of Child Advocacy Centers Approach. He contributes to domestic and sexual violence policy (both local and national) and European Research on Transgenerational CAN. Previously: National Programme Leader for Implementation Tackling Child Abuse; Policymaker on Violence against Women and Honour Related Violence; Prevention (Child Protection Board). He is a social worker that developed into researcher, policymaker and stakeholder for long-term change.


 This impressive group of professionals and child advocates includes individuals who have worked regionally, nationally and globally for decades to bring awareness, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. These well-respected individuals are committed to making the world a safer and better place for children to grow and thrive.


ISPCAN looks forward to the exciting contributions these new Executive Council members will bring to the organization and to ISPCAN’s mission of preventing child abuse and neglect.


Joan van Niekerk Henry J Plum
ISPCAN Nominations Committee Chair  Legal Advisor/ Parliamentarian


Chika G. Ugochukwu says...
Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Maria Roth says...
Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Congratulations to all Executive Councilors. Looking forward to meet all of you in Bucharest in 2015

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