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.

David Kani Olema has a PhD in Psychology, specializing in Psychological Trauma. He has worked with the war-affected youth and families in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and Congolese refugees in refugee camps in Western Uganda. David is a Senior Lecturer of Psychology and the Chair of the Education Department (housing both educational foundation courses and psychology courses) at Busitema University, Uganda. He has been the President of VIVO International (Uganda), an organisation providing trauma treatment using Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), and carrying out research among war-affected persons to provide evidence-based intervention. David is also the proprietor of a girls’ secondary school that was started to protect female children from early marriage, sexual exploitation, and other forms of abuse. The school also rehabilitates and gives a second chance to girls who drop out of school due to unwanted pregnancies.

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KEYNOTE: Breaking the Cycle of Violence: a challenge for reintegrating street-connected children

Enduring violence that defies all governments, professional organizations, and civil society advocacy movements has defined human evolution. The ability of violence to reproduce itself shows the complexity of its nature but also points to an approach to prevent it. The difficulty of preventing and eliminating violence shows its virus-like nature. This presentation seeks to provoke a multipronged approach to the perception and prevention of violence.