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 is a Regional Capacity Building Manager of Hope and Homes for Children in the East & Southern Africa (HHC-ESA) Region, which works for the eradication of institutional care in the ESA Region. This involves advocacy, capacity building and service delivery for deinstitutionalisation. In Uganda he has worked directly with children and young people since 1991, in education, HIV and child protection. In Rwanda he has worked at Concern Worldwide, in an education research project and he’s worked in literacy and child protection for Save the Children. David has also done private consultancies on gender-based violence, education evaluation for children in poor families, and institutional capacity building for family strengthening. Additionally he has addressed the International Conference on Child Labour in Andra Pradesh, India; and he has been part of the Global Concerns Classroom on safer schools post conflict in the USA. He has also reintegrated children into schools in post-Genocide communities and developed community support structures for education in Rwanda.

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WORKSHOP: De-institutionalization: an entry point into Reforming a childcare system

The organization Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) has contributed to effective childcare reform by successfully implementing deinstitutionalization programmes in various parts of the world. The experience of HHC provides insights into how to address the continuing challenge of children who are put at risk by separating from their families. This session will highlight the importance of deinstitutionalization as key to the reform of the childcare system. The session will also outline the ‘Gate Keeping’ mechanisms in the context of preventing family separation; by strengthening families and communities and enabling them to develop resilience. It will stimulate reflection on the available options for breaking the cycle of family separation. This will be a PowerPoint presentation and interactive discussion. It will build on the worldwide experiences of HHC, including the specific case of Rwanda.