Dr. Sue Bennett is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. She is a pediatrician and mental health professional by training and Director of Social Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Ottawa. She was formerly the Director of the Child & Youth Protection Program at CHEO and her clinical work with maltreated children, youth and their families spans more than 2 decades. Dr Bennett conducts research and education & training on social pediatrics, child health, child protection & child rights for multi-disciplinary professionals at the local, national and international levels. At the national level, she was a founding member and first president of the Child and Youth Maltreatment Section of the Canadian Pediatric Society.
She has travelled widely and earlier in her career worked for several years as a pediatrician in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). More recently in the UAE she developed a rehabilitation program for trafficked camel jockey children with UNICEF, organized the first national child protection conference for health professionals and assisted the government with the development of a child protection strategy (2008). She was advisor to health professionals in KSA & Oman as they developed their child protection programs.
She is presently a Director of the Board of Canada’s Royal College (of Physicians & Surgeons) International (RCI) and a member of its International Development & Assistance Committee to assist in the humanitarian activities of RCI.
Dr. Sue has been an ISPCAN Councilor since 2008. She was the ISPCAN Chair for the joint ISPCAN – IICRD Program of Development to develop a draft General Comment on Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) for the UN CRC Committee which was adopted by the Committee in 2011. She presently sits of ISPCAN’s Congress Committee and is the lead councilor for youth participation. Her work has evolved from the perspective of the protection of children solely from maltreatment to the overarching perspective of the protection and promotion of all of the child’s rights as exemplified in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in order to secure and assure the well-being, health and development of the child to their fullest potential.