|Joan van Niekerk|
Joan van Niekerk is a qualified and registered Social Worker with a Masters Medical Science in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. She has extensive work experience in the practice, teaching and training in social work and inter-sector child protection practice, both within South Africa and internationally. She has presented at numerous national and international child protection events and authored a number of training manuals, book chapters and articles on child protection.
Mrs van Niekerk has led and participated in law reform processes in South Africa after the country's signing and ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child necessitated domestic law reform to ensure compliance with this national commitment to uphold children's rights.