All times listed are South African Standard Time (SAST)

Small changes to the programme may occur

Plenary 1: 9h00 - 10h10

9:05 - Welcoming Remarks

Ms Margaret Nienaber, Chief Executive, Standard Bank Wealth

9:25 - Keynote Address

Mrs Lindiwe Zulu, Minister Department of Social Development South Africa

9:40 - Keynote Address

Ms Catherine Wanjiru Maina, Acting Secretary, African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of Children (ACERWC)

9:55 - VIDEO Keynote Address

Dr Najat Maalla M’jid, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children

Plenary 2: 10h10 - 11h15

10: 10 - PANEL SESSION 1

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

Facilitator: Dr Edward Addai, UNICEF, African Union Representative

Panellists: Dr Joan van Niekerk (Consultant, Jelly Beanz), Dr Chantell Witten (Dietitian & Lecturer, North West University), Hellen Nyangoya (Senior Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF)                                                                      

11:40 - Children in the time of COVID-19 - rights vs best interests

Prof Ann Skelton, Advocate and Member UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Stream A: 11h10 - 12h25

11:10 - Attachment aware schools in South Africa

Francesca Chetwin, Clinical Psychologist

11:30 - Encouraging connectedness in the time of COVID-9, Nicolette Vigeland, Counsellor

11:50 - Trauma interventions for children, caregivers and communities: what works on the ground, Jessica Wasserman, Educational Psychologist

12:10 - The value of connectedness during lockdown for webrangers

Phakamile Khumalo & webrangers, Media Monitoring Africa

Stream B: 11h10 - 12h25

11:10 - School violence  - The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Antoinette Basson, Research Psychologist)

11:30 - He would beat the children first to get to me: Children as victims in intimate partner violence in rural areas

Cyndirela Chadambuka, Social worker

11:50 - Maternal Filicide: A case study in Dobsonville, Soweto, Faith Nkomo, Social worker

12:10 - Improved prevention and response to child marriage 

John Malanda, Executive Director, Love in Action

Plenary 3: 12h35 - 13h40



What we learn from children and families during lockdown and thereafter

Facilitator: Dr Shaheda Omar, Teddy Bear Foundation

Panellists: Dumisile Nala (National Executive Officer, Childline SA); Enid Smith (Department of Education, Directorate Psycho Social support); Carina Coetzee (Senior Public Prosecutor, National Prosecuting Authority); Maurice Smithers (Director, Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in South Africa)



COVID 19 pandemic, national lock downs and online sexual exploitation of children: Inspiring new ways to address this crisis through on the ground resolutions                                    

Facilitator: Willy Buloso, ECPAT International

Panellists: Dorine van der Keur (Lawyer, Disrupting Harm Project ECPAT International); Mr Tim Ekesa (Director, Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children (KAACR), Sinah Moruane (Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF)

Programme Closes

All times listed are South African Standard Time (SAST)

Small changes to the programme may occur

Plenary 1: 9h00 - 10h20

9:10 - Keynote Address

Ms Nardos Bekele Thomas, United Nations Resident Coordinator 

9:25 - Keynote Address

Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities of South Africa 

9:40 - Keynote Address

Ms Tsidi Maaga, Chief Director Child Protection, Children’s Department, Department of Social Development



Psychological interventions in emergencies                                                                                                    


Facilitators: Edith Kriel (Social Worker, Jelly Beanz)                                                                                                   Panellists: Marita Rademeyer (Clinical Psychologist, Jelly Beanz); Carla Brown (Social Work Manager, Red Cross Children's Hospital), Clever Ndanga (REPSSI)

Stream A: 10h30 - 12h00

10:40 - Linking physical, social and spiritual pain: Implications for trauma interventions

Dr Annemarie Oberholzer, Registered Nurse

11:00 - Role of men as fathers in the social mobilisation to break the cycle of violence
Dr Garth Japeth, Heartlines

11:20 - Reflections of a therapy dog: what my human learnt from children that have experienced trauma
Edith Kriel, Social Worker

11:40 - Mandate of the Western Cape Commissioner for Children Christina Nomdo, Children's Commissioner

Stream B: 10h30 - 12h00

10:40 - Insourcing parenting as a panacea to violence against children -Firmly establishing & scaling up parenting interventions in Africa
Miss Nyasha Manjengenja, Technical Programme Specialist

11:00 - Holistic trauma-informed support for child victims of sexual abuse and their caregivers in an informal settlement in SA

Bandile Seleme, Drama Therapist

11:20 - Using family group conferencing as a restorative conflict resolution intervention for children in SA

Tarryn Roy, PhD Candidate Criminal justice

11:40 - The elimination of commercial exploitation of children in Busia County, Kenya

Sophie Omutanyi, Program Coordinator African Network for Prevention Against Child Abuse And Neglect

Plenary 2: 12h10 - 13h40


Moving beyond rhetoric: mobilising the private sector, identifying financial, human and technological solutions

Facilitator: Gloria Khoza, UNICEF South Africa

Panellists: Janine Hills (CEO Authentic Leadership); Eldrid Jordaan (CEO GovChat); Nonhlanhla Onverwacht (Multichoice)



Conference outcome: The Emergency Action Plan for Child Protection

Mayke Huijbregts (Chief Social Policy and Child Protection, UNICEF) and Dr Joan van Niekerk (Child rights consultant)


Commitment from key stakeholders on national, continental and global level

12:55 - Message of support by Global Partnership to End Violence

Sabine Rakotomalala, Senior Advisor

13:10 - Closing remarks

Ms Christine Muhigana, UNICEF Representative

Word of Thanks

Eldrid Jordaan (CEO, GovChat)

Programme Closes

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