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At ISPCAN Conference in Dubai

From left:  Doc. Dr. Sc. Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, ISPCAN President Dr. Sc. Bernard Gerbaka and Ella Selak Bagarić
From left: Doc. Dr. Sc. Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, ISPCAN President Dr. Sc. Bernard Gerbaka and Ella Selak Bagarić

The Conference about the Problem of Child Abuse and Neglect was held in Dubai on November 19 – 22, under the auspices of The International Society for Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), the umbrella institution for the monitoring and prevention of child abuse and neglect. ISPCAN President Dr. Sc. Bernard J. Gerbaka gave an introductory lecture. The conference program was also attended by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Science, as well as UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

The main topic was “From legislation to implementation” with the aim of strengthening the implementation of structured programs for monitoring and prevention of child abuse and neglect, and their evaluation in performance assessment.

Particular attention is devoted to the latest scientific knowledge of the changes that occur in the brain of children exposed to abuse and neglect and also the importance of interdisciplinary approach as the best practice for the prevention of all forms of violence against children. A meeting of experts from around the world enabled sharing of experiences and agreeing on further joint activities.

Neuropediatrician of our Centre Doc. Dr. Sc. Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, MD and psychologist Ella Selak Bagarić, MA actively participated with the presentation of the work: “Fetal alcohol syndrome – The risk for repeated abuse” (Authors: V. Saftić, E. Selak Bagarić, G. Buljan Flander, D. Štimac).

Our work was conceived by showing patients with fetal alcohol syndrome, with particular emphasis on the issue of primarily neglected children’s interest in the right to health, in the context of fetal abuse, and subsequently the consequent, additional and subsequent increased incidence of exposure to repeated abuse and / or neglect based on adverse environmental factors of growing up. They are primarily related to accommodation outside the primary family, and sexual, physical and emotional abuse and / or neglect. The importance of early recognition of children with fetal alcohol syndrome has been emphasized, particularly in order to meet their special medical, legal and social aspects of early age. In this context, multisectoral co-operation and personalized approach to every such child are emphasized.