ISPCAN International Congress, Qatar

February 15-17, 2020

Grand Hyatt Doha

Child Protection: The Journey So Far and the Future Ahead

Child maltreatment and domestic violence are universal health issues that cause immense individual suffering. It affects all layers of our society, and no country or region is immune to it. We invite you to join us in Doha, Qatar, to investigate approaches to preventing violence against children based on scientific knowledge and research. Sidra Child Advocacy Program and ISPCAN have joined hands to spread awareness and make lives of these children and their families better by working together with communities, organizations, and networks. On behalf of both our organizations, we sincerely welcome you.

Dr. Khalid al Ansari, Department Chair, Sidra Medicine Advocacy Program


         Dr. Tufail Muhammad, President,  ISPCAN

About Sidra Medicine

Sidra Medicine is also part of a dynamic research and education environment in Qatar and through strong partnerships with leading institutions around the world, we are creating an intellectual ecosystem to help advance scientific discovery through investment in medical research.

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  • Psycho-Social Support for Families, Victims and Perpetrators of Child Abuse
  • The Role of Medical Care Systems in Preventing Child Maltreatment 
  • Special Circumstances: Sports & Child Safety, Care of Refugees and Children in Conflict Zones, Children with Special Needs  
  • Child Protection in the Digital Age         
  • Child Protection Systems and the Role of Religion
  • Child Protection in Domestic and Educational Settings
  • MDT Approach, Policy and Legislation in Child Protection


Mohammed Ghaly
Mohammed Ghaly
Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics
Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

“Role of Religious Teachings in Advancing the Cause of Child Protection”

Howard Taylor
Howard Taylor
Executive Director
Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

“Ending Violence Against Children: Right, Smart and Possible”

Mary Harvey
Mary Harvey
Chief Executive
International Centre for Sport and Human Rights

“Tackling Violence Against Children in Sports and Exercise Settings”

Alison Kemp
Alison Kemp
Cardiff University, U.K.

“Non-Accidental Injuries in Children: What Is the Scientific Evidence?”

Bernard Gerbaka
Bernard Gerbaka
Hotel-Dieu University Hospital, Lebanon

“Targeting Children with Disabilities”

Anthony Macdonald
Anthony Macdonald
Head of Office and Senior Programme Manager

“School Violence in the Middle East: Data and Challenges”

Linda Cordisco Steele
Linda Cordisco Steele
Senior Trainer & Child Forensic Interview Specialist
National Children’s Advocacy Center, USA

“The Art of Interviewing Children in Cases of Suspected Child Abuse”

Muthanna Samara
Muthanna Samara
Professor of Psychology
Kingston University London, UK

“Protecting Children in the Age of Smartphones and the Internet”

Figen Sahin Dagli
Figen Sahin Dagli
Professor of Social Pediatrics
Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

“Prevention of Child Abuse: Positive Parenting and Resilience”


Abstract Acceptance Notification – December 2, 2019


Author Registration Deadline – January 6, 2019


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