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African Child Trauma Conference 2020

1 Ethics & 7 Clinical Points Only R 500.00 (incl VAT)


The Leave No Child Behind virtual conference 2020, given the impact of the Covid 19 global pandemic, will focus on the development of an Emergency Action Plan. The conference will connect the ‘Charter: Leave No African Child Behind’, the epoch-making outcome of the 11th conference, with the challenges related to the child’s right to protection and development of resilience with solutions and new opportunities for access to finance, inclusivity through circles of care and building a more robust African society. The Leave No African Child Behind 2020 conference will provide a unique opportunity to connect Africa’s child protection leaders with each other. It will also connect leaders with development and investment agencies, the private sector, and technical experts to interact, share knowledge and start new partnerships in order to ensure rapid action on African Child Protection. It will provide a space for the assessment and demonstration of tangible, innovative and pioneering solutions and tools designed to promote child protection within the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This conference showcases scalable child protection innovation relevant to Africa.

Course Description

Children’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual health is of paramount importance to the future of Africa. The Covid 19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenging realities of our children and the impact of gender-based violence against children and others in the home, adding further layers of distress and trauma. Adults and communities which may have been able to provide some comfort or reassurance to vulnerable children in the past, are themselves now also stressed on multiple levels. There is an urgent need for accelerated and strategic action from government, non-government organisations, civil society, and communities. The African Child Trauma conference series provides a unique and accessible platform for child protection stakeholders to connect with investors, scientists, technical experts, development partners, government organisations and civil society to share and consolidate their vision, building consensus and forging new and innovative partnerships to accelerate change in the landscape of child protection in Africa.

Who Should Enroll

Medical professionals, psychologists, counsellors, social workers, teachers, faith-based leaders and any person working with children and their families

Course Content

  • Building a resilient Africa through advancing children’s rights, sharing experiences, knowledge and good practice from the ground: How can the Leave No Child Behind Charter be instrumental in driving this agenda
  • Children in the time of Covid 19 - rights vs best interests
  • Attachment aware schools in South Africa
  • School violence - The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic
  • Encouraging connectedness in the time of Covid 19
  • He would beat the children first to get to me: Children as victims in intimate partner violence in rural areas
  • Trauma interventions for children, caregivers and communities: what works on the ground
  • Maternal Filicide: A case study in Dobsonville, Soweto
  • The value of connectedness during lockdown for webrangers
  • What we learnt from children and families during lockdown and thereafter
  • COVID 19 pandemic, national lock downs and online sexual exploitation of children: Inspiring new ways to address this crisis through on the ground resolutions
  • Psychological interventions in emergencies
  • Linking physical, social and spiritual pain: Implications for trauma interventions
  • Insourcing parenting as a panacea to violence against children - Firmly establishing & scaling up parenting interventions in Africa
  • Role of men as fathers in the social mobilisation to break the cycle of violence
  • Holistic trauma-informed support for child victims of sexual abuse and their caregivers in an informal settlement in SA
  • Reflections of a therapy dog: what my human learnt from children that have experienced trauma
  • Using family group conferencing as a restorative conflict resolution intervention for children in SA
  • Mandate of the Western Cape Commissioner for Children
  • The elimination of commercial exploitation of children in Busia County, Kenya
  • Moving beyond rhetoric: mobilising the private sector, identifying financial, human and technological solutions
  • Emergency Plan of Action

Course Highlights

The African Child Trauma Conference is the only conference of its kind in Africa that is trans-disciplinary and regional. It is the 11th year that the conference is held, and for the first time online. It addresses Child Mental Health issues in the Covid context, with a combination of clinical work and current research.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Increasing understanding and knowledge of the impacts on children’s rights and wellbeing that have resulted from the COVID-19 Pandemic, specifically the traumas and deprivation on multiple levels,
  2. Identifying tangible, home-grown resources and scalable solutions to urgently protect Africa’s vulnerable children that align with the ‘best interest of the child’ and the ‘do no harm’ principles as per the ‘African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child’
  3. Constructing and urgently mobilising capacity at the micro, meso and macro levels (i.e. individual, family, community and society) through the sharing of practical, implementable and scalable tools and mechanisms


Certificates based on attendance


Accrediting Body: HPCSA & SACSSP
Accreditation Number:
HPCSA: MDB015/1334/09/2020
SACSSP: 296/2020
Number of CPD points awarded to course:
HPCSA: 7 general, 1 ethical
SACSSP: 4.5 points


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