Child Protection in the United Arab Emirates

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First broadcast on the 16th September we were joined by Sanjana Bhardwaj, a child protection specialist with three decades of experience working across the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

What is Covered

The webinar covered the legislative framework of Child Rights within the UAE and the mandatory reporting requirements that schools and other entities must adhere to. The session also highlighted the synergy between the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UAE's Child Rights Law (Wadeema's Law).

Who Should Watch

The webinar is suitable for anyone working with children within the United Arab Emirates but especially Child Protection Officers, Safeguarding or Pastoral Leads, Headteachers and Governors/Directors.

Meet Our Speaker

Sanjana Bhardwaj

Sanjana is an affiliated consultant with the Council of International Schools, an advisor to Emirates Safer Internet Society and an adjunct faculty with the Zayed University. A social worker and an educator with 30 years of experience in the field of family and child rights, Sanjana has provided advisory services to policy makers and strategic planners in government, non-government and UN agencies (UNICEF, UNFPA & ILO) on child rights, social equity and gender-based violence. 

Recently, Sanjana has worked with a multitude of UAE Government entities in law enforcement, education and social sectors and been a member of several UAE federal committees on child protection and child safety agenda. Involved in developing a countrywide strategic road map for child protection, she has contributed to the Child Rights Law and prepared the minimum standards child protection policy for UAE schools, formally adopted by Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge.  

This webinar was recorded live on the 16th of September 2020.

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