GUWAHATI, Nov 7 - The Assam branch of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics will hold the sixth national conference on child abuse, child neglect and child labour from January 4 to 6 next at the NEDFi Convention Centre here on the theme ‘Working together for child protection and development’.
A statement issued by the organisers said that the content of the event includes pre-conference workshops and two days of continuing education conference, where 26 local, national and international speakers will present updates about the recent management of child abuses and maltreatment.
The pre-conference workshops include child sexual abuse, prevention and response and substance abuse and its management. The scientific event will cover topics like guidelines for health and care providers, identification and assessment of child abuse, medico-legal child protection systems, child sexual abuse, substance abuse, maltreatment with short-term or long-term effects, cyber crime and prevention of and response to child abuse.
Dr Shabina Ahmed, one of the organizers of the conference said, “Understanding the lifelong violation of child rights and in keeping with the UN’s resolution of sustaining development by 2030, the Academy of Pediatrics will hold this conference to bring all the disciplines related to child care in the same platform. We have termed it as bridging the gap.”
“The highlight of the conference is encouraging participation of students in youth forums to help them come up with innovative positive thinking methods to prevent and respond to child abuse,” she added.
Raj Kumar Paul, organising secretary of the conference, said, “We are getting encouraging participation from pediatricians, Gauhati University, the Psychology Department of Handique Girls’ College, Forensic College from GMCH, while delegates are also coming from Delhi and Mumbai. We are looking forward to seeing more participation from the Northeast.”
Rabiul Islam, managing trustee of the Centre of Substance Abuse, Prevention and Care, said, “This is a good move as substance abuse is a major social threat that the communities from all over India are facing. What is more alarming is that the age of addicts is decreasing with minors and pre-teens succumbing to the lure of chemical abuse, particularly inhalants such as Dendrite and Erazex. Addiction in Assam is not only alarming; it has become an epidemic.”