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.

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 and is scheduled to take place 7th and 8th of October 2020. 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.


The first virtual conference of its kind 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 will showcase scalable child protection innovation relevant to Africa.  The Leave No Child Behind conference will enable the important conversations necessary for real action and accountability in the child protection arena. Jelly Beanz, in partnership with UNICEF, ECPAT and The Teddy Bear Foundation will do this by creating neutral platforms where open and transparent conversation between groups that rarely engage can take place. Youths can brainstorm innovative ideas with national government leaders, and private sectors CEOs could share a virtual coffee with child protection leaders working in the African region. We aim to create the fertile ground necessary for relationships to form and deepen; relationships that lead to a real understanding of the challenges and opportunities for unlocking Child Protection finance, commitment, and accountability in the African region.

7 & 8 October 2020

Online Conference

Attendance Fee:

R500 per delegate

R1750 per group of 4


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Jelly Beanz

Jelly Beanz is a non-profit organization which supports children and families who have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect. We offer direct therapeutic services to children and families, develop resources to support evidence-based assessment and interventions, offer training and mentorship to professionals working with children, and advocate for service-delivery to all South African children

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UNICEF South Africa

UNICEF works with a range of partners in government, civil society, academia and various other sectors to create a safer and healthier environment for every child in the country.


The Teddy Bear Foundation

The Teddy Bear Foundation is one of the few organisations that provide holistic integrated services to children that have been abused and have been doing so since 1986 in Gauteng South Africa. They provide efficient and professional services that effectively promote the healing and stop any further abuse of children.

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ECPAT is a global network of civil society organisations that works to end the sexual exploitation of children. It focuses on halting the online sexual exploitation of children, the trafficking of children for sexual purposes and the sexual exploitation of children in the travel and tourism industry. The ECPAT International network consists of 104 member organisations in 93 countries

2020 Pathways

  • Pandemics and the impact on our children and their families.

  • Identifying and protecting children with increased vulnerabilities in emergencies

  • Trauma interventions for children, caregivers and communities: what works on the ground

  • Creating a social compact between government, corporate, civil society and citizens: how to accelerate the investment in prevention and early intervention services.

  • The multi-faceted interface of the education sector and children

  • Hot topics – up-to-date discussion of pertinent aspects of caring for our children at the time of the conference

Conference Outcomes

The conference programme and the overarching outcome of a Child Protection Emergency Action Plan, outlined by the conference partners at the time of developing this brief, will be choreographed around a renewed commitment to the ‘Charter: Leave No Child Behind’ and its 10 commitments through:

  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’ which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year

  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

  4. Unpacking the critical role of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and how the children’s sector can access investment through a social compact

Planning Committee

Edith Kriel (Jelly Beanz)

Edith Kriel (Jelly Beanz)

Marita Rademeyer (Jelly Beanz)

Dr Joan van Niekerk (Child Rights Consultant)

Dr Shaheda Omar (Teddy Bear Foundation)

Mayke Huijbrecht (UNICEF)

Natasha Botha (Jelly Beanz – conference organiser

Willy Buloso (ECPAT)

Event Registration

We would love to have you join us for the

2020 African Child Trauma Conference from wherever you are in the world. Kindly complete the registration form either online or by clicking the registration button. Please submit completed written forms to Online registrations do not need to be emailed.