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.

Mary Gatama has been Programme Development Officer at Railway Children since 2011. She has 10 years’ experience working in support of vulnerable children and youth in the East Africa region. For the last five years, she has been developing her understanding of the use of the family therapeutic approach - not only has it been impactful in her personal life, but something that she has committed to sharing and helping others learn. She aims to allow others to apply similar principles in their own lives, and in the lives of those they work with. She has been instrumental in supporting organisations in the application and contextualisation of the family therapeutic approach to aid the reintegration of children and their families within the East Africa region. Mary holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development.

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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 Buthaina Ibrahim)

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.