Master Class


The Master Class provides the opportunity to spend a day with leaders in the field of child protection, hear their extensive and seasoned experience on a spectrum of topics, gain knowledge that will improve practice for clinicians and assist in formulating and implementing best practices.  The experience is enriched by the opportunity to interact with the presenters in a formal and informal manner.


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Master Class Co-Chairs Kevin Lalor and Diana Shaw will open the session with a welcome address and introduction to the Master Class.  International and Caribbean industry experts Professor David Finkelhor, Professor Manfred Nowak, Professor Philip Jaffé and Justice Rajnauth-Lee will address latest research, trends, innovations and their experiences regarding child abuse and neglect prevention.  Enjoy informal interactive discussions with the experts, work group application and large group discussions.  Learn best practices and new ideas to bring back and apply to child protection initiatives in your community. 

Morning coffee/tea refreshment breaks and lunch provided.  The Master Class will convene at 9:00 am and adjourn at 3:00pm.


9:00am     Welcome and Introductions

9.15am       Presentations and Discussion: 

     Professor David Finklehor:  Poly-victimization: Introduction and Implications for Child Welfare Practice

     Professor Manfred Nowak:  Key findings from the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

11.15am      Coffee Break

11.45am     Presentation and Discussion: 

     Justice Rajnauth-Lee,   A Caribbean Response to Child Sexual Abuse

12.45pm     Lunch

2:00pm      Presentation and Discussion: 

     Professor Philip Jaffé,  Children’s participation in protection procedures.

     Implementing Art. 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

3:00pm      Close


Professor David Finkelhor

‘Poly-victimization: Introduction and Implications for Child Welfare Practice’

Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center, Co-Director, Family Research Laboratory

Professor of Sociology, University of New Hampshire

David Finkelhor is the Director of the 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, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). 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, he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. He is editor and author of 11 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

Professor Philip D. Jaffé

‘Children’s participation in protection procedures. Implementing Art. 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’

Director, University of Geneva, Centre for Children’s Rights Studies

Professor, Clinical and Legal Psychology, University of Geneva

Philip D. Jaffé is the Director of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Centre for Children’s Rights Studies ( as well as a Full Professor of clinical and legal psychology. At the heart of his activities, lies the commitment to develop and promote children’s rights as a vibrant research and training academic field, as well as a rallying cause within civil society. He remains a practicing psychotherapist and a court-appointed forensic expert in complex cases involving children caught up in the civil and/or criminal justice systems. In 2018, State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child elected him to a four year term as a Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Professor Manfred Nowak

‘Key findings from the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty’ 

Professor of Human Rights, University of Vienna

Secretary General, European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization

Independent Expert leading the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

Professor Manfred Nowak is an Austrian human rights lawyer, who served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2004 to 2010. He is Secretary General of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) in Venice, Italy, which is currently being transformed into the Global Campus of Human Rights, and a former judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2016, he was appointed Independent Expert leading the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

As United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nowak was one of the five authors of a United Nations report on the detention of captives at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (2006) and one of four authors of a UN report on secret detention in the fight against terrorism (2010). In 2005, Nowak visited China, claiming that torture remained “widespread” there.

Prof. Nowak is author of more than 600 publications in the field of constitutional, administrative and international law, human rights as well as development studies. He was visiting professor at various prestigious universities (Utrecht, Lund, Geneva, Stanford) and received many awards in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the teaching, research and practice of human rights.

The Hon. Mme. Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee

‘A Caribbean Response to Child Sexual Abuse’

Judge, Caribbean Court of Justice

Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee was sworn in as a Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) at a ceremony at the Office of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the 27th March 2015.  Lauded for her selfless sacrifice, she is the first woman citizen of Trinidad and Tobago to be appointed to the CCJ bench.  She is a former Justice of Appeal of the Trinidad and Tobago Judiciary; a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and of the Hugh Wooding Law School.  Admitted to practise law in 1980, she served in the Solicitor General’s Department and in 1986, embarked on a career in private practice.   She is Vice-President of the Caribbean Association of Women Judges. She is a certified Mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is the Chair of the Sexual Offences Advisory Committee under the JURIST project appointed to provide support for the development of Sexual Offences Model Guidelines and for the establishment of a Sexual Offences Model Court. She is the Chair of a Committee appointed to develop a Sexual Harassment Policy and a Gender Policy for the CCJ.