Dubai Hosts Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

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Published November 20th, 2017 - 12:24 GMT
The conference will focus on the latest advances in the field of child abuse and neglect. (Twitter)
The conference will focus on the latest advances in the field of child abuse and neglect. (Twitter)

The effect of community on adolescent health and their social development, child protection in the region, and guidelines for protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse were some of the hotly discussed subjects at the 5th Arab Regional Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ArabCAN).

Held under the patronage of Lt. General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC), the conference was officially inaugurated on November 20.

The conference, organized under the theme of "From Legislation to Implementation", will continue until November 11 at the Roda Al Bustan Hotel, Dubai. Organised by DFWAC, the conference will focus on the latest advances in the field of child abuse and neglect, and also share best practices and multi-disciplinary approaches to the prevention and response to all forms of violence against children.

In her keynote speech Dr Susan Bissel, the Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, UNICEF urged leaders to end violence against children. She added, "We aim to keep children safe and secure in a world that is very tumultuous."

Source: Khaleej Times

Background Information

Ministry of Interior UAE

The creation of the federation of the United Arab Emirates on the second of December 1971 was a culmination of the people’s aspiration for unity, prosperity, and dignity. From the early days, there was consensus that security is a function that needs to be handled by a federal authority. Hence, the creation of a federal ministry of interior soon after the creation of the Federation was in recognition of its vital importance as an indispensable federal institution.
There has always been consensus on the need for integrating police and security agencies, particularly from His Highness the UAE President and his brothers, Their Highnesses the members of the Supreme Council and rulers of the emirates. That emphasis on having a unified security apparatus nationwide has been instrumental in the ensuing achievements accomplished by the Ministry, which has played a pivotal role in enhancing security and stability throughout the country.

The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC)

The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) was established in 2007 to offer immediate protection and support services for women and children in the UAE against domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking. It is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE that runs specifically for the care of women and children. The services DFWAC offers are in complete accordance with international human rights obligations.


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