Best practices for protecting children from child abuse and neglect in Latin America: Sharing knowledge
Experts from Latin American countries will describe different aspects (legal, health, therapeutic, etc) of best preventative, intervention and research practices to address violence against children in Latin America.
Following each presentation, international experts in the field will comment their various perspectives.
Joaquín de Paul (Psychologist & Researcher, Spain): Best practices in the prevention and treatment of abusive and neglectful families
David Finkelhor (Researcher, United States):
practices in the prevention of sexual abuse
Henry Plum (Lawyer, United States): A strategy for integrating effective legal
interventions in child maltreatment cases
Ximena Poblete (Pediatrician, Chile-UK): Multidisciplinary approach in child protection: the role of physicians
Joaquín de Paul: Best practices in the prevention and treatment of abusive and neglectful families
Professor of Social Psychology of the University of the Basque Country. His research activity has been developing for almost 30 years in topics related with the social protection of childhood. His research team has published in the main international specialized journals about different etiological aspects of the situations of lack of childhood protection, development and validation of assessment instruments. Among his published books, "Handbook of Childhood Protection” (Masson, 2001) is one of the most important. A relevant aspect of his professional activity has been carried out through agreements and research contracts with different Autonomous Communities and City Halls in Spain. All of those have tried to answer the most important demands of those entities about the evaluation of the systems and procedures of the social services related to childhood protection, and the elaboration of improvement plans of resources of the intervention programs.
He is a ISPCAN member, and he has been responsible for the ISPCAN Congress, Conference and Training Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Center for Social Policy from the Dartington Social Research Unit (Devon, UK).
David Finkelhor: Best practices in the prevention of sexual abuse
David Finkelhor is Director of Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse. He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. In his recent work, for example, his book, Child Victimization (Oxford University Press, 2008), he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology.
Jenny Gray: Multi-disciplinary approach to intervention in child abuse case
Jenny Gray OBE has been in child care social work, management and policy development since 1979. She joined the Social Services Inspectorate, Department of Health in 1991 and led the development of the new inspection methodologies. In 1995, she was appointed as the professional adviser to the British government on safeguarding children, firstly in the Department of Health and then in the Department for Education. She led policy development on the assessment of children in need, reviews of serious cases and child deaths and the commissioning of safeguarding children research. Jenny held this post until September 2012. Since that time, she has been a social work consultant.
In 2007, Jenny Gray was awarded The Order of the British Empire and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She is currently the President of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Jenny Gray has a particular interest in utilising evidence from research and practice to develop effective national child protection systems; multi-disciplinary training resources which can be successfully implemented using a variety of media; and, good quality national child protection data collection systems to inform the planning and development of child protection systems.
Henry Plum: A strategy for integrating effective legal interventions in child maltreatment cases
Henry J. Plum is in private practice with his law office located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA. His practice includes extensive trial experience in Child Abuse & Neglect Issues, Trafficking, Adoption, Custody and other children’s issues. His previous experience as a former district attorney continues in his current role as a court appointed special prosecutor or court appointed guardian ad litem for the child on child welfare, juvenile law and other child related issues. He also serves as legal counsel to private social service agencies as well as public child welfare agencies.
In addition to his litigation experience, he also conducts numerous training seminars for judges, lawyers, and other professionals on child related issues for state, national and international agencies as well as authoring several books and publications in his areas of expertise. Mr. Plum is a current board member of the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) and is also legal advisor/parliamentarian for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). He is a Marquette University Law School Graduate and has served as chair of the Children and Law section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is currently the chair of the legislative committee for Children and Law section of the Wisconsin State Bar.
Carlos Rozanski: Sexually abused children and the legal system: Listened to or silenced?
Federal Judge. Chair of the Federal Criminal Court N° 1 from La Plata, Buenos Aires Province. Founding member of the Argentine Association for Preventing Child-Youth Violence (ASAMPI). Founding member of the Democratic Justice Forum (FOJUDE). Professor of postgraduate courses in the Faculty of Psychology of the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires and Universidades Nacionales de La Plata and Mar del Plata. Professor of courses about mistreatment and gender violence in the la Universidad Nacional a Distancia (UNED), Spain. Teacher at judges and prosecutors training programs in Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Honduras. Author of several studies and co-author of books published both in Argentina and abroad. Author of the book "Child Sexual Abuse. Silence or Report?”.
Author of the law 25,852 that modified the Code of Criminal Procedures of Argentina. This law regulates children statements in police stations or courts. He was awarded the "B´NAI B´RITH HUMAN RIGHTS” 2007. He was also awarded by the Justice Association of Buenos Aires in 2007 for his performance in trials about violations against human rights in 2007. The Confederation of Educational Workers of Argentina (CTERA) gave him the "Master of Life Tribute 2008”. He was recognized by the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina for his performance in trials of crimes against humanity. He was declared Distinguished Citizen of Cipolleti in 2013. He is the member of the Council of Notables of the Coordinating Committee for the Elaboration of Sanctions against Gender Violence (CONSAVIG) of the Ministry of Justice. Medal of Honor of the National Congress of Argentina by his work in trials for crimes against humanity (2012)
Irene Intebi: The importance of child protection public policies based on good practice
Irene Intebi is a psychiatrist for children and youth and a clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of child abuse - in the areas of prevention, treatment and interdisciplinary training - since 1985. She has worked, directed and advised various governmental and nongovernmental interdisciplinary projects in Latin America and Europe and is the Former President of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). She is serving as Co-Chair for the 8th International Conference Latin American on child abuse and Child Sexual abuse (Chile, October 2013).
She is a reknown lecturer and international speaker on issues of child protection and has written books and articles on child abuse and child neglect in Spanish and English. Dr. Intebi is the author of "Child sexual abuse: In the best families" (Doubleday, 1997) and "Protect, repair, penalize: evaluation of suspected child sexual abuse" (Granica, 2011).
Jorge Barudy: Good practices for intervention in child sexual abuse cases in spite of family, institutional and social resistance
Neuropsychiatrist, pediatric psychiatrist, psychotherapist and family therapist recognized by EFTA (European Family Therapy Association). Post-graduate professor in psychotherapy and systematic social intervention of the Catholic University of Louvain (1983-1998). He is the clinical responsible of the Program of Child-abuse Prevention and Treatment (S.O.S Enfants–Famille Program of the same university 1984-1997). Founder and current director of EXIL Belgium and Spain (Pshico-Social-Medical Center for victims of violence, torture and violation of Human Rights). Consultant and Supervisor of prevention and treatment programs in Latin America, Belgium, France and Spain. Supervisor and trainer of professional teams working in that area. Founder of the IFIV, in the year 2000. Professor in several Spanish, European and Chilean universities in post-graduate programs related with prevention and treatment of the effects of violence against children, women, family and community. Author of several articles and books about child abuse and treatment, parenting skills and resiliency.