The Sharjah Social Services Conference calls for partnership and social responsibility to bring about protection

Sharjah: “Golf”
Under the generous protection of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council, the Department of Social Services in Sharjah organized the activities of the Thirteenth Social Work Conference, under the slogan “Partnerships Achieving Protection” at the Al Jawaher Hall for Events and Conferences in Sharjah May 26-25. 350 people participated in the conference.
On its first day, the conference attracted several participations of officials and a large attendance, and 15 working documents were presented. The conference strives for a set of objectives, the most prominent of which is the need for cooperation between all parties, to ensure the protection system for all, especially those most vulnerable to violence and abuse by children, the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill, within frameworks of flexible partnerships to meet challenges.
Improving the quality of life
Ahmed Al-Mail, Director of the Department, gave an opening speech in which he said: The rapid change, technological and technical development, ease of transport and the communication revolution have made nations live in a semi-small town, which the urgency of changing protection policies to keep up with these changes.
He emphasized the diligence of the department, in collaboration with its strategic partners, in providing social services and contributing to the improvement of the quality of life, and the utilization of the capabilities to provide a better future. For success of this responsibility, we need effective strategic partnerships with agencies and institutions, to work hand in hand to protect society from violence or abuse, from Here comes the theme of the conference, “Partnerships That Achieve Protection,” to emphasize the importance of indicate ongoing joint work leading to a clearer vision and more effective results, to adopt a preventive protection system that reduces risks or violations that threaten the groups most at risk of violence or abuse.
Pioneering level
In his speech, Maqsoud Cruz, chair of the National Human Rights Authority – UAE, said: The UAE has always believed that “partnerships achieve protection”, and this was expressed in his civilization heritage, and it became part of the security of its systems and laws, and the culmination of its wise policies in its care for human rights and freedoms, established the National Authority for Human Rights to be a mirror of UAE society in providing human rights support and building regional and international partnerships, in a way that affects everyone, individuals and institutions.
community partnership
Hessa Tahlak, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Development and Society, reaffirmed the ministry’s commitment to its participatory responsibility for all groups, care, development and empowerment in order to promote the reality of childhood and take them to the role of safety. And the “Wadeema law” came to preserve and protect the rights of the child from all sides. calls on the private and government sectors to be partners in implementation and support, in order to achieve a unified national policy in this regard. She all addressed the need for partnership as it is a social responsibility and a national duty.
discussion session
The first session was a dialogue that discussed “Protection between Challenges and Solutions”, in which 7 parties participated.It was initiated by Hanadi Al Yafei, Director of the Child Safety Division of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, on the importance of awareness raising organized for child protection. She pointed out that the department is keen to implement a series of workshops, events, awareness and guidance campaigns targeting children and their parents to spread awareness among all segments of society about child safety and protection against risks through proactive steps.
Reporting is everyone’s responsibility to improve protection
Amina Al-Rifai, Director of the Child and Family Center in the Department of Social Services, explained the reporting mechanisms and helplines, and the child helpline receives reports through the toll-free number 800700, 24 hours a day, and reports are usually from the school that ‘ notice a change in the child’s behavior or the presence of bruises on his body, Or a neighbor who hears screaming or crying, a family member or a parent.
Strengthening partnerships to employ the recovered
Dr. Abdullah Al-Ansari, Director of the Department of Community Research, Awareness and Public Relations at the Erada Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation, said that the “Erada” Center seeks to encourage drug recovery through its programs, and has the “Allowed to train the recovered” program, where it selects a group of recovered, according to exact conditions and criteria, and employs them. He is in the center for a period of six months, subject to extension, and with a monthly reward, which contributes to their empowerment and rehabilitation, by communicating with a group of partners.
Professional licensing in child protection
Moza Al-Shoumy, Vice President of the Emirates Child Protection Association, confirmed that the professional development of those in charge of the child requires a professional license from the competent authorities in social services. There are a number of centers that provide services to children without obtaining a professional license, which is a danger to the child who may be abused or disadvantaged.
Elements of successful corporate partnerships
Dr. Jassim Al Hammadi, Director of Knowledge Management, Sharjah Department of Social Services, summed up the elements of institutional partnerships that lead to constructive integration in the protection of vulnerable groups, noting that the elements are interaction, coordination, referral or networking.
He referred to the professional development that the department has sought to improve work skills, represented in the introduction of a number of professional diplomas in protection, professional forum programs for employees, and the signing of partnerships with 5 universities to train students and their refine skills.
data recruitment
Saeed Abdullah, Information Technology Consultant, spoke about the importance of using data at risk in a modern way, based on technical developments to emphasize the importance of accurate data for those at risk.
In the second session, Jamal Al-Bah, Chairman of the Sociological Association, addressed the topic of “Social education and its role in the protection of children” and explained that it includes the methods that the individual receives from the family, especially the parents, and those around him in order to build a developing personality that is physically, psychologically and socially compatible received by the individual and that differs from one group or culture to another in: love, caring, kindness, warmth, extra protection , spoilage, neglect, cruelty, fluctuations in treatment, sibling discrimination, etc., and through these methods it is possible to reinforce or suppress certain behavioral responses that will work, or It does not work to reduce the compatible personality of the individual cherish and build up.
Al-Bah stressed the need to pay attention to social education, especially in light of the tremendous development we are currently experiencing, and the presence of modern communication devices and tremendous technologies, which have no less dangerous effect on this basic process in life. do not have. of individuals and societies.
Participation, citizenship and inclusion
Dr. Sherif Abu Shadi, an expert on protection policy, reviewed the policies followed by the Sharjah Department of Social Services to protect against violence and danger with an assignment entitled “Protection policies against violence and danger”.
Protection of children who have been abused
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Hammadi, Director of the Family Cohesion Division at the Community Development Authority in Dubai, presented a paper entitled “Protective frameworks for children exposed to abuse or danger”, in which he outlines concepts on which child protection systems are based, namely the age of the child and the child’s right to life. and methods of dealing with it.
women abused
Ghanima Al-Bahri, director of the care and rehabilitation department at the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, spoke on the protection of abused women.
It reviewed the results of a field study entitled “Violence in the Emirates Society,” conducted in 2004 on UAE university students, with a sample of (269) male and female students.
last session
The last session dealt with the focus of the pioneering initiatives and programs in the field of protection, with the participation of 5 assignments on the social protection needs of some social groups, with the participation of counselor Dr. Abdul Karim Abdullah Al-Harbi, a former member of the Social Protection Committee in Riyadh and Iman Hareb, Director of the Department of Social Protection at the Ministry of Community Development. And Faisal Al-Shammari, president of the Emirates Child Protection Association.
Strict provisions and penalties
Finally, Stella Ayo Odongo, Director of Violence Against Children’s Organization, participated in a paper entitled “Attitudes to End Violence against Children,” which is affiliated with UNICEF (World Health Organization for Children).

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