Development of Guidelines for the health sector response to child maltreatment
These WHO guidelines, the production of which will be led by WHO’s Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Injury and Violence Prevention, will provide recommendations for health care workers, primarily from low-income and middle-income countries, who encounter and are involved in identifying, assessing, referring, and providing care to children (0-18 years old) who are victims of physical and emotional/psychological abuse and neglect. They will also provide recommendations to prevent the recurrence of child maltreatment. These guidelines are expected to be published in early 2017.
In parallel, WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research will be developing another set of guidelines addressing children, including adolescents, between the ages 0 to 18 years who have experienced contact sexual abuse and/or assault. Hence the proposed Guidelines for the health sector response to child maltreatment will not be covering these types of abuse.
In keeping with the requirements of the Guidelines Review Committee and the Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics Office of WHO, the following short biographies of the experts who have been invited to join the Guidelines Development Group for these Guidelines for the health sector response to child maltreatment are being posted online for two weeks.
Dr Mona Abdullah Al-Khawari
Dr Mona Abdullah Al-Khawari is Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, Head of Paediatric and Neonate Council, Head of Paediatric Department and Head of Paediatric Endocrine and Diabetes Unit, at Al-Amiri Teaching Hospital. Dr Al-Khawari's qualifications include: Fellowship of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; Membership of Royal College of Physicians, UK; DCH; University College, Dublin; MBBCh, Cairo University, Egypt.
Dr Al-Khawari is chairing the Pediatric Council Board in Kuwait and executed the following projects successfully: 1) Introduction of WHO growth standard to health services in Kuwait; 2) Organizing a continuous training for all pediatrician on BLS and PALS as well as the nurses working in paediatric departments; 3) Establishing the newborn screening in Kuwait; 4) Forming a Child Protection Committee, concern with laying down By laws for child protection from abuse and a comprehensive program including establishing shelter centers and centers for rehabilitation and organizing continuous orientation and awareness workshop for professionals and public dealing with child abuse; 5) Establishing the registry of disorders of sex differentiation and determination in Kuwait by designing a software introduced to health network.
Dr Al-Khawari obtained the status of Hospital surveyor from Joint Commission International Accreditation and from Accreditation Canada International. Dr Al-Khawari headed the surveyor team in four different governmental hospitals in Kuwait and is also involved in development and implementation of clinical indicators in Paediatric Departments in five different Hospitals in Kuwait.
Dr Al-Khawari is Chairperson of the Paediatric Council and Vice President of the Child Protection Committee; Member of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health; Member of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD); Member of the Accreditation Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health; Member of the Arab-PCAN society, the Arab society for prevention of child abuse and neglect and Member of the International society for prevention of child abuse and neglect (ISPCAN).
Dr Maha Almuneef
Maha Almuneef, MD, FAAP, a Pediatrician, graduate from Yale University and she is an American board certified in Pediatrics Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology. Works as Consultant in King Abdulaziz Medical City at the Ministry of National Guard and as an Associate Professor at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.
Dr. Almuneef is a pioneer in the field of child maltreatment, family safety, woman health, and advancing research in the field of public health. She is the founder and the Executive Director for the National Family Safety Program in Saudi Arabia. Her achievements transcend locality, in 2011 she was appointed as a Counselor for the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). In 2013, she was elected the president of the Arab Professional Society for Prevention of Violence Against Children. She often represents Saudi Arabia in lectures pertinent to social impact of HIV, family safety, child abuse and neglect and domestic violence globally. In 2009-2014 served as Consultant to Al Shoura Council, the Saudi Parliament, and she continues to serve patients in her capacity as an infectious diseases specialist.
Dr Jane Barlow
Jane Barlow D.Phil. FFPH (Hon) is a Professor of Public Health in the Early Years at the University of Warwick, Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit. Jane’s main research interest is the role of early parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems, and in particular the evaluation of early interventions aimed at improving parenting practices, particularly during pregnancy and the postnatal period.
Her programme of research focuses on interventions that are provided in pregnancy and the first two years of life, and she was part of the team providing the evidence-base for the revised UK Healthy Child Programme (HCP).
She is Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit, which provides training and research in innovative evidence-based methods of supporting parenting during pregnancy and the early years, to a wide range of early years and primary care practitioners. She has also undertaken extensive research on the effectiveness of interventions in the field of child protection, and is currently working with the NSPCC to develop a new prebirth pathway to support high-risk pregnant women.
She is PI for the UK A Better Start evaluation. Jane is President of the Association of Infant Mental Health, Lead Editor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH), Co-chair of the PHE 0-5’s Curriculum Group, and a member of PreVAiL (Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan).
Dr Howard Dubowitz
Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS FAAP, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Families at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He is on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN, 2nd term) and is a Past -President of the Helfer Society, an honorary international group of physicians working in the child maltreatment field. He has served on the national boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and of Prevent Child Abuse America.
Dr. Dubowitz is a clinician, researcher, and educator, and he is active in the policy arena. His main interests are in child neglect and prevention. He edited Neglected Children: Research, Practice and Policy as well as ISPCAN’s World Perspectives on Child Abuse in 2012 and 2014, and he co-edited the Handbook for Child Protection Practice as well as International Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Dubowitz has over 180 publications and he has presented at many national and international conferences. Dr. Dubowitz is married and has two children in their 20’s. He enjoys reading, travel, music, biking and swimming – and his work.
Professor Asvini D. Fernando
Professor Asvini D. Fernando, MBBS (Col), MD Paeds (Col), FRCP (Lon), FSLCPaeds, is currently Associate Professor in the Paediatrics Faculty of Medicine University of Kelaniya and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, at North Colombo Teaching Hospital - Ragama, Sri Lanka. Previously, Dr Fernando occupied the following positions: Head, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine University of Kelaniya; Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka; Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka. Other appointments at national level: Board Member, National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) of Sri Lanka; Chairperson, Child Protection Committee of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians; President, Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians. Dr Fernandos is also a Member of the Committee of International Paediatric Association on Adolescent Health.
Dr Fernando has gained clinical experience in Paediatrics both in the United Kingdom and in Sri Lanka. The special areas of clinical and research experience are in fields of child abuse & neglect, childhood respiratory disorders and adolescents. Dr Fernando has been a teacher of undergraduate and postgraduate students in paediatrics since 1992 and has conducted didactic lectures and bedside teaching.
Dr Fernando has conducted research in the areas of child abuse, childhood respiratory disorders and in adolescent medicine and is the author of several publications in national and international journals, contributions to book chapters, booklets and guidelines. As the chairperson of the child protection committee of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, Dr Fernando was responsible for the coordination of all sectors for the publication of the National Guideline on the management of Child abuse and neglect in Sri Lanka.
Dr Jenifer Goldman Fraser
Jenifer Goldman Fraser, PhD, MPH, is a developmental psychologist with expertise in early childhood emotional health, child maltreatment, and evidence-based child mental health intervention and treatment. She currently serves as the Associate Director of the Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. CWVP is a nationally recognized clinical, advocacy, and outreach program that specializes in the provision and dissemination of trauma treatment for young children exposed to domestic and other forms of violence.
Since joining CWVP in 2012, Dr. Goldman Fraser has directed the Boston site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a multisite collaboration to raise the standard of care for traumatized young children which is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Previously, she served as the Principal Investigator of a comparative effectiveness review (CER) for the RTI-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center, funded by the U.S. DHHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This review, which followed the highly rigorous and transparent methods defined by the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program, was the first CER to evaluate the evidence for interventions addressing child maltreatment.
Additionally, Dr. Goldman Fraser was a co-investigator for an AHRQ CER evaluating treatments for children exposed to non-relational trauma. While at RTI, Dr. Goldman Fraser also was the Principal Investigator for a translational research study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examining strategies for effective dissemination of a court improvement model to promote the emotional well-being of maltreated young children. She currently serves on the leadership teams for two large-scale initiatives addressing complex child trauma: the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project and the Boston Defending Childhood Initiative.
Professor Alison Kemp
Alison Kemp is Professor of Child Health at Cardiff University, Wales UK and Consultant Paediatrician in Cardiff and Vale University Hospital Board. Alison leads a comprehensive research programme in the field of child protection and childhood injuries, she works in the clinical field and has been involved in several UK guideline development projects. As clinical advisor Alison has been instrumental in the development of the UK NICE maltreatment guidelines ‘Child maltreatment: when to suspect maltreatment in under 16s’, ‘Standards for the investigation of Non-accidental injury’ (Royal Colleges of; Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) and Radiology).
As methodological lead for the RCPCH/American Association of Pediatrics systematic review programme ‘Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse’ (2015) and member of the editorial board Alison facilitated the completion of the second edition of ‘The Companion to Child Protection’ in 2013. These two publications provide the national UK guidelines for pediatricians working in child protection. As leader of Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Reviews team, Alison has completed a programme of systematic reviews around the recognition and investigation of children with suspected child abuse and neglect. The team have developed the Core-info online resource (www.core-info.cf.ac.uk) that provides the results of the annually updated systematic reviews for professionals who work in the field, thus promoting evidence based child protection clinical practice across the UK. Primary research includes the development of clinical decision tools to improve the recognition of physical abuse in children who sustain bruises, burns or head injury. The research programme is currently evaluating these decision rules in clinical practice.
Dr Omer Khan
Dr Omer Khan MBBS, MRCPsych, LLM (Mental Health Law) is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist working in the UK who works with males and females with mental illness and personality disorder. He has a special interest in treating sex offenders and was the lead author for the Cochrane review ‘Pharmacological Interventions for Sex Offenders’ and a co-author on the Cochrane review ‘Psychological Interventions for Sex Offenders”.
Professor Harriet MacMillan
Harriet MacMillan, MD, MSc, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist and pediatrician conducting family violence research. She is a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies, and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Pediatrics at McMaster University with associate membership in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Harriet holds the Chedoke Health Chair in Child Psychiatry.
Beginning in 1993 until 2004, Harriet was the founding Director of the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program (CAAP) at McMaster Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary program committed to reducing the burden of suffering associated with family violence. She continues to see patients as an active staff member of CAAP and provides consultations to child protection agencies. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of violence against children and women; she has led randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to preventing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence.
Funding for this work has been provided by organizations such as the WT Grant Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Harriet is the principal investigator of a CIHR-funded Centre for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Violence across the Lifespan (PreVAiL: http://www.prevailresearch.ca/). PreVAiL is an international Network made up of researchers in the areas of mental health, gender and violence, and of partner organizations with service, research and policy mandates in these areas. Through PreVAiL, Harriet works closely with organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization.
Dr Bernadette J. Madrid
Dr. Bernadette J. Madrid is the Director of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the University of the Philippines Manila - Philippine General Hospital where she is concurrently Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. She is the Executive Director of the Child Protection Network Foundation, Inc., an NGO that supports the training of Child Protection Professionals and the development of Women and Child Protection Units in the Philippines. She is Professorial Lecturer II & member of the Research Committee of the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
She serves in the Multi-Sectoral Governance Council of the Philippine National Police and the Committee for the Special Protection of Children chaired by the Department of Justice. Dr. Madrid has published several papers on child protection which have led to changes in policy and practice in the Philippines. She has been a consultant and trainer for different international agencies such as UNICEF, WHO, UNESCAP & UNFPA. She has conducted training activities on the response to child maltreatment and sexual violence in several countries including Pakistan, India, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, China. She is a reviewer for Child Abuse & Neglect, the International Journal and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. She is the convenor of the Child Abuse Neglect and Exploitation Study Group of the National Institutes of Health of the University of the Philippines.
Dr. Madrid has been the recipient of several awards for her work in Child Protection among which are: The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service 2001; 5 Most Outstanding Philippine Doctors 2004; Outstanding Woman Leaders of the City of Manila 2009; Outstanding Service Award for Child Protective Services by the National Children’s Advocacy Center, Alabama, USA in 2012. She was elected to the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect from 2004-2010. She is presently a member of several international Steering Committees: the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance and Learning in East Asia and the Pacific, a regional network of Know Violence in Childhood.
Dr Mary J. Marret
Mary J Marret is a paediatrician with a special interest in community paediatrics. She received her undergraduate and postgraduate training under the National University of Singapore and has been practising as a paediatrician for over twenty years. She holds an academic position as Associate Professor under the Department of Paediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur with a parallel clinical appointment as consultant paediatrician at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). She is Chairman of the Child Protection Committee at the UMMC and provides consultation to a multidisciplinary team that conducts assessments of children referred for suspected child maltreatment. She also provides clinical services for children with disabilities and developmental problems. She has been actively involved in the development and implementation of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum at the Faculty of Medicine and has expanded curriculum content on child maltreatment. She conducts in-house training for doctors, nurses and social workers at the UMMC.
As a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK, she is an examiner for membership examinations conducted by the RCPCH. She has research interests in child victimization across a variety of settings with publications in scientific journals and book chapters. She has also been a reviewer for medical journals. She has presented papers relating to child maltreatment in Malaysia in local and international conferences. She is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and was part of the scientific committee for the 10th ISPCAN Asia Pacific Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect held recently in Kuala Lumpur. On behalf of the Malaysian Paediatric Association, she has written articles providing advice on child health for a local parenting magazine. In her moments of leisure, she enjoys taking long walks and playing the piano. She makes occasional attempts at composing music and writing poetry.
Professor Ben Mathews
Ben Mathews is a Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and is Senior Research Fellow in the QUT Faculty of Law. He is Co-Director of the Children’s Health Program in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. He is also a Professorial Fellow to the Australian Government Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He holds Adjunct positions at the University of Colorado and Penn State University, and is a member of the editorial board of Child Abuse & Neglect. He has published over 60 peer reviewed works on interdisciplinary issues at the interface of child maltreatment, social science, health, public policy and law.
His main sub-specialties are: (1) Law and child maltreatment (child protection systems, mandatory reporting laws, civil liability, criminal law, redress schemes); (2) Child abuse and law in institutional contexts; (3) Regulation of individuals and institutions (professional ethics and responsibilities; education; institutional policy and practice; oversight and regulatory mechanisms; quality assurance); (4) Children and medical law (consent to treatment, medico-legal issues); (5) Children’s rights (ethics; cultural violence; female genital cutting); A key focus has been the conduct of socio-legal studies exploring: how public policy and law is translated in the lived experience of responding to child abuse; the development of enhanced child protection systems; and legal and policy reform to increase systemic efficiency, institutional integrity and social justice. He has led large national studies using administrative datasets, and innovative multi-State empirical studies of practitioners to explore and develop their knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to maltreated children. He has also written 15 major government reports about legal and regulatory systems for child abuse. He has translated research findings and reform proposals to government and industry, and has been consulted by multiple governments in Australia and Europe. This knowledge translation has influenced reforms of legislation, policy and practice.
Dr Irina Matviyenko
Irina Matviyenko, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology in Kiev, Ukraine. She is a member of the National Ukrainian Research group for the adaptation and implementation of IMCI, involved in developing of national clinical standards in neonatal and pediatric fields for Ukraine, and involved in adoption of WHO EPC training materials for perinatal and neonatal care.
She has conducted many workshops and presentations at national and regional conferences for health care workers on the topics just mentioned. Dr. Matviyenko is a clinician, researcher, and educator, and she is active in the national medical policy making arena (in fields of national guidelines). Her main interests are in child primary and secondary care especially for children 0-5 years of life. Dr. Matviyenko has over 70 publications and she has presented at many national and international conferences. Dr. Matviyenko has 5 old-year daughter. She enjoys reading, travel, music, painting, and of course her work.
Joan van Niekerk
Joan van Niekerk, B SOC SC (Hons) (Social Work) M Med Sc (Medical and Psychiatric Social Work), has worked in child protection in South Africa for 30 years, working with both child victims and their families as well as children in conflict with the law. She was Chairperson of the SA Law Reform Commission Project Committee on Sexual Offences which culminated in the reform of legislation dealing with sexual offences and participated actively in other reforms of law and policy directed at the protection of children in South Africa, including the Children’s Act, the Child Justice. Joan van Niekerk worked at Childline South Africa for 23 years and assisted with the development of the Childline call centres in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape, as well as the development of therapeutic programmes for abused children and children whose behaviour is sexually inappropriate.
She is established the national office of Childline, and developed training programmes on inter-sector management of child protection, psycho-social therapies for children and families and child law for both Childline staff, volunteers and other sectors involved in child protection. She has written manuals for use in child protection work, book chapters, numerous articles and conducted many workshops and presentations at national, regional and international conferences. Joan van Niekerk has provided training and consultation services in a number Sub-Saharan African Countries including Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Namibia. She remains in part time employment with Childline SA, and works privately as a child rights consultant. She has been a member of the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and is presently President of the Society. She has 3 adult children, 4 grandchildren and is married.
Dr. Asha Pemberton-Gaskin
Dr Asha Pemberton-Gaskin, MB.BS (Hons) DM (Paed), is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados and a Medical Officer of the Child Care Board, which is the single Child Protection Agency of Barbados. Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Pemberton-Gaskin had the early desire to be a physician and work with children. After completing her formative education and undergraduate degree in Trinidad, she moved to Barbados to pursue further study and start her family. She graduated with the Bachelor of Medicine. Bachelor of Surgery degree, with honours, from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus in 2001. Thereafter, she completed her postgraduate paediatric degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus in Barbados. It was during her residency that she developed a passion for working with adolescents, and addressing their unique healthcare needs.
Dr. Pemberton-Gaskin quickly recognized that the adolescent population remained underserved within the healthcare system and as part of her postgraduate qualification research study, conducted an audit of adolescent health services within the hospital system and demonstrated them to be sub-optimal. This prompted her to pursue further study. As a resident, she completed an elective at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Adolescent Clinic under the supervision of Professor Sheryl Ryan at Yale University and also at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids/University of Toronto) under the supervision of Professor Debra Katzman. This exposure to adolescent medicine confirmed her interests. She then pursued a clinical fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2011, during which she completed electives in Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect as a special area of interest.
Upon returning to Barbados, Dr. Pemberton-Gaskin quickly commenced advocacy within the system for creation and improvement of adolescent healthcare services. It became apparent within months, that an initial critical clinical need was for services, programmes and policies specifically regarding maltreatment and violence to adolescents and indeed all children. Her lobbying was successful in creating the first specific Teen Clinic within the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where over 85%of clinic visits each week are related to child maltreatment and sexual violence. Over the ensuing years, Dr. Pemberton-Gaskin has led a working group within the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to develop clinical management protocols for children and adolescents who have experienced maltreatment. In addition, she has worked with the Child Care Board, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to provide sensitization workshops, seminars and capacity building activities for healthcare providers, policy officers, teachers, guidance counsellors and the general public on child maltreatment. This area has become her primary focus of practice and advocacy. Dr Pemberton-Gaskin hopes to continue this work further afield into the Caribbean region and is in the process of discussion with colleagues of her homeland, Trinidad and Tobago to review their current practices and bring them all in line with World Health Organization Guidelines. In addition to her passions for Child and Adolescent Health specifically related to Child Maltreatment and Violence against Girls, Dr. Pemberton-Gaskin is the mother of two daughters, aged 12 and 9 and enjoys an active lifestyle with them and her husband including recreational running, open water swimming and triathlon.
Dr Joseph Rujumba
Dr Joseph Rujumba, PhD works as a lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Health Sciences Makerere University in Uganda. His duties include teaching, research, health care and student supervision. His current teaching and research focuses on the social determinants of maternal and child health, child abuse and neglect, care for children with disabilities, gender, culture and health and qualitative research. He also works as a social worker at a weekly Adolescent Clinic run by the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health Mulago National Hospital/College of Health Sciences Makerere University.
Dr Rujumba holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration and a master’s degree in Social Sector Planning and Management from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and a PhD in International Health from the University of Bergen, Norway. His PhD research focused on the social context of prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in Uganda.
He participated in a number of research and training assignments as a principal investigator, co-investigator and facilitator. Dr Rujumba provided research, training and evaluation services to a wide range of projects and agencies. Some of his research undertakings have been on: Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Violence against Children (VAC), peer counselling for exclusive breastfeeding, the social context of eMTCT, gender based violence and violence against women and girls, HIV mainstreaming, safe motherhood and health systems strengthening. He attended and presented at national and international conferences. Dr Rujumba published and review for a number of scientific journals.
Dr Rajeev Seth
Dr Rajeev Seth, MD, DNBE, FIAP, FAAP, is a Senior Consultant & Head, Department of Pediatrics, Rockland Group of Hospitals, New Delhi. Dr Seth trained at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and University of California, San Francisco, California, USA. He is the current chair of Indian Child Abuse, Neglect & Child Labour (ICANCL) group & Executive Councilor, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN).
For the past 15 years, Dr Seth has worked with passion to reach out to the abused and neglected children, for their comprehensive needs, that include education, health and rehabilitation. At national and international forums, he advocates for protection of rights of children and influence child welfare policy development. Dr Seth was the Co-chair of 10th ISPCAN Asia-Pacific Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect (APCCAN), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and 9th APCCAN, New Delhi India. He is also Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics & Fellow of Indian Academy of Pediatrics. Dr Seth is the editor of CANCL NEWS, besides having several scientific peer review publications to his credit. He is the co-author of the book “Child Abuse & Neglect: Challenges & Opportunities” (2013), published by Jaypee Brothers Medical publishers. Dr Seth has received several honours and academic awards, including the Dr Taro Takemi Memorial Oration (2013) by The Congress of Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO), Distinguished Service Award, ISPCAN (2012), Felicitation for outstanding service IAP Delhi (2011), McAllister Foundation Award and Sorel Catherine Freyman Prize for best post graduate in pediatrics, AIIMS amongst many others.