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M.L.M. (Marc) Dullaert - European Research on Violence Against Children Report

Maria Herczog, Ph.D.President of Eurochild - From the Perspective of  UNCRC: Changes in the Policies and Care Provisions in Eastern Europe in the last 25 years

Marcellina Mian, M.D. - Development of Intersectoral Responses to Child Maltreatment Prevention Worldwide

Ana Muntean, Ph.D. - Child Protection System and Services Provided for Abused and Neglected Children in Romania

Marija Raleva, MD, PhD - Adverse Childhood Experiences in Balkan Countries

Dr. Dinesh Sethi - Investing in children: the European child maltreatment prevention action plan

Mrs. Margaret Tuite - European commission on the rights of the child


M.L.M. (Marc) Dullaert  

On 15 February 2011, the House of Representatives of the Dutch parliament announced the appointment of M.L.M. (Marc) Dullaert as the Netherlands’ first ever Ombudsman for Children.

 

Academic background:

Marc Dullaert (born 1963) studied theology in Amsterdam before obtaining a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and Communication Science at KU Leuven (Belgium). He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Nyenrode University in Breukelen (The Netherlands) in 1996.

 

Marc Dullaert has been involved in championing the rights of children for many years. He is the founder and chairman of the KidsRights charity, which fights for children's rights in developing countries worldwide. He initiated the international Children's Peace Prize and currently chairs the associated expert committee. He was also the initiator of the KidsRights Millennium Development Goals Conference, which was chaired jointly by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former President of South Africa F.W. de Klerk. Marc has also been active on behalf of the Plan Nederland organisation, which supports children in developing countries, seeking in particular to combat discrimination against young women/girls.

 

In addition, Marc is an experienced player in the media world. Following a long involvement with Dutch TV company Ivo Niehe Producties (including a period as managing director), he was a shareholder in and CEO of the European D&D media group from 2003 – 2009.


Maria Herczog, Ph.D. - From the Perspective of  UNCRC: Changes in the Policies and Care Provisions in Eastern Europe in the last 25 years

Dr.(habil) Maria Herczog, Ph.D, is visiting lecturer at ELTE Budapest University Doctoral School, and at the  ELTE Law Faculty post graduate course on family law, Chair, program director and senior researcher of the Family Child Youth Association. Maria Herczog has been doing research on child welfare, child protection and on child rights, family matters  more than 30 years, author of several books, book chapters and journal articles. She has been teaching child welfare and child protection at different university courses since 1989, earlier family sociology since 1979. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and in the media.

 

Maria Herczog was elected as a member to the UN CRC Committee in 2007 and re-elected in 2010, and as rappoteur of the Committee in 2013, finishing her  work on the Committee in 2015. She was a member of the EU Economic and Social Committee between 2004-2010 as a representative of the Hungarian civil society. She was elected to be a member of the Management Board of  Eurochild in 2009 and president in 2010, re-elected in 2013.



Marcellina Mian, M.D. - Development of Intersectoral Responses to Child Maltreatment Prevention Worldwide

Dr. Mian’s career has had two areas of focus: medical education and child protection. She began as Director of Medical Education at the North Shore Children's Hospital (Salem, MA) and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University (Boston). In 1980 she joined The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (Canada) and reached the rank of Professor of Paediatrics, with a cross appointment in the Department of Public Health. She was Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for 8 years before her move to Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) in 2006. Since then Dr. Mian has filled several roles at WCMC-Q, and is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Medical Education. Her current interest in education is enhancing the performance of international students in an American-based medical education system.

 

Dr. Mian has been active at the local, national and international level in organizations that aim at child maltreatment prevention. At SickKids, she was a member of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program for 26 years and in 2009/2010 was Medical Director of the Child Protection Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has been a member of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse (ISPCAN) since 1984 and its president from 2002 to 2004. She has provided consultation to the World Health Organization on developing guidelines for an integrated multi-sectoral approach to child maltreatment prevention worldwide and on related training materials. In Qatar, Dr. Mian is part of a group of professionals at Hamad Medical Corporation that established a hospital-based SCAN team.

 

Dr. Mian has been active in conducting research on child maltreatment and medical education. She has written a number of articles and been a presenter on these subjects at numerous conferences internationally.

many international conferences and is widely published. 


 Ana Muntean, Ph.D. - Child Protection System and Services Provided for Abused and Neglected Children in Romania

Ana Muntean is a professor of Developmental Psychology in the Social Work Department of the West University of Timisoara. She is the Founding President (1995) of the Society for Children and Parents (SCOP). Ana Muntean is the Founding Editor of the journal “Today’s Children – Tomorrow’s Parents” (TCTP: www.tctp.cicop.ro) and was among the founders of the National Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (SN-CAN).

 

In 1996, under the auspices of ISPCAN, and with the participation of immediate ISPCAN past president Kari Killen PhD, Ana Muntean organized the first conference in Romania focusing on child abuse and neglect prevention, under the title of “Today’s Children are Tomorrow’s Parents”. Between 1999 and 2001, in partnership with Paris V University, she co-ordinated a Tempus JEP project through which a postgraduate training program focused on preventing child abuse and neglect was set up. In 2003, Ana Muntean was the co-director of a NATO Advanced Study project on the theme: Prevention and Intervention in Child Maltreatment: Development and Assessment of Programs. Since 2005, Ana Muntean has been the Founding Director of a Research Centre for the study of child-parent interaction (CICOP) within the West University of Timisoara.

 

During the period 2006-2008 she was the Romanian consultant within a project initiated by the Council of Europe concerning violence against the child. In 2007 Ana Muntean organized in Timisoara the Second International Forum on the topic: “Psychological Security; Trauma and Resiliency”, under the auspices of the Paris VII University and West University in Timisoara.

 

Ana Muntean is currently the co-ordinator of a Romanian national research project on adoption.


Marija Raleva, MD, PhD - Adverse Childhood Experiences in Balkan Countries

Dr. Raleva received her training at the University Clinic of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Belgradska in Macedonia and is currently Head of the Division of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University Clinical Center, Skopje, R., Macedonia and is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University “Ss. Cyril & Methodius”.  She has conducted extensive research in the psychological factors connected with child abuse, the stress and trauma among the internally displaced children and their families from conflict regions, youth, culture and destructiveness, and adverse childhood experiences.  Most recently she was part of a four year study on a Balkan epidemiology study on child abuse and neglect. She has presented at

many international conferences and is widely published. 


Dr. Dinesh Sethi - Investing in children: the European child maltreatment prevention action plan

Dr Dinesh Sethi is the Programme Manager for Violence and Injury Prevention at the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health Across the Life-Course, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. He co-ordinates work in the areas of violence and injury prevention with a special focus on child maltreatment, road safety and child injury. Dr Sethi has authored several reports for the European Region, including the European report on preventing child maltreatment and the European report on preventing violence and knife crime among young people. He is responsible for providing technical support to the 53 countries of the European Region. This includes the implementation of ‘Investing in children: the European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015-2020’.  

 

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