Over 25 internationally renowned experts will speak at the conference - giving delegates the chance to deepen their knowledge of current thinking and new research on street-connected children.

Meet international experts in: ending family violence, recovery from trauma and sexual abuse, missing children, reintegrating street-connected children, child development, clinical psychology, family therapy, arts therapy, and child protection.

Buthaina Ibrahim is a Family Worker/Therapist with Undugu Society of Kenya, a position she has held since 2010. Buthaina was previously a Social Worker for over 15 years at the same organization. She has 20 years of experience that began by focusing on the broader issues for street-connected children, and lately she has been specialising in working with families using a therapeutic approach. For Buthaina, working with children and youth in extremely difficult circumstances has been a great experience that has taught her the importance of ingenuity and imagination. Buthaina has also benefitted from a training and coaching programme organised by Juconi Foundation, Mexico and Ecuador. She became a member of the Community of Practice after attending a conference in 2014 on Strengthening work with children and families affected by family violence: From theory to practice held in Mexico. Buthaina has been instrumental in providing training to other members of the team. She holds a Diploma in Addiction Counselling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.

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KEYNOTE: Applying intensive family reintegration models in the African context: how an educational therapeutic model developed in Latin America can be adapted to be relevant here in East Africa (with Mary Gatama)

The application of educational therapeutic models in working with street-connected children and their families, has been a rewarding journey of practical learning. This session will share the lessons learnt and the challenges and the successes we have found in bringing this methodology to the East African context. Through a case study, participants will learn about the case management steps and lessons learnt throughout the process of bringing intensive family reintegration models to East Africa. The application of tools is integral to the process, which will also be highlighted during this session. We will explore points to consider for organizations interested in applying this methodology in their work with children and families.

WORKSHOP: Always hands on; try hands up

At Undugu Society of Kenya (USK) we have over a quarter century of real life experience supporting children, youth and families living and working on the street - an inspiring journey on uneven roads. Whereas family malfunctions are usually at the root of this problem, a pattern of violence is often evident. We have always relied on hard-earned experience and practices to run an intervention, develop methodologies and techniques and to prescribe solutions - the usual, trusted, hands-on approach to this kind of work. However, as practitioners, we are often limited by our success, hardly taking a moment to reflect on the possibilities of doing things differently and with what results; a sort of hands up moment. During this workshop session, participants will have the opportunity to learn and receive insights about how Undugu Society of Kenya has successfully integrated new ideas from an ongoing mentoring and coaching programme by Fundación JUCONI to inform its methods and techniques in working with children and families affected by violence - with remarkable results.