Child maltreatment and domestic violence are universal health issues that cause immense individual suffering. It affects all layers of our society and no country or region is immune to it. We invite you to join us in Doha, Qatar to investigate approaches to preventing violence against children based on scientific knowledge and research. Sidra Child Advocacy Program, Qatar and ISPCAN have joined hands to spread awareness and make lives of these children and their families better by working together with communities, organizations, and networks.
ISPCAN is an international non-profit organization that unites a range of inter-disciplinary professionals: pediatricians, social workers, psychologists, lawyers, mental health professionals, governmental policymakers and agencies that work toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation across the globe. ISPCAN, with its headquarters in the USA, has been advocating for children and families for over 40 years and has active members in more than 200 countries.
The Sidra Child Advocacy Program (S-CAP) at Sidra is a national program that provides services to patients and families free of charge. The program was launched in January 2017. The program features a dedicated team of trained professionals who work together to support children and families when there are concerns of child abuse or neglect. The team provides 24/7 phone consultation to healthcare professionals across Qatar and also arranges child abuse medical evaluations, investigations and follow up. It works closely with key government entities within Qatar including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, National Human Rights Committee, and the various Social Service and Healthcare agencies across Qatar.