The Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Centre presented a work paper in the Fourth International Child and Family Behavioral Health Conference held recently in Abu Dhabi. The event was organized by Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Gulf Child Mental and Behavioral Health Society and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA). Participants of the conference included experts from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a number of specialists in children’s mental and behavioral health from inside and outside the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In the working paper, Mariam Mohammad Al Ali, Chief of Prevention, Education and Counseling Section at the Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Centre, presented her views, expressing the keenness and care extended by the UAE to the human element as being the goal and purpose of development. She mentioned the priority given by the center to safeguard, secure and protect children from the risks they face. She also called upon social institutions and individuals to promote cooperation and report any incident of child abuse they see.

Al Ali said, “We work continuously in the Ministry of Interior to enhance our efforts as per the best international standards adopted in developed countries. We accomplish this through cooperation with concerned entities and institutions under the umbrella of the Higher Committee for Child Protection that plays a vital role in preserving the safety of children.” She also stressed the importance of prevention in this regard.

She highlighted the establishment and development of the Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Centre, along with the mechanisms of setting and implementing its strategies that aim to protect children. She also noted the establishment of the Higher Committee for Child Protection that gathers all concerned entities in the UAE, mentioning the launch of the hotline 116111 by the Ministry of Interior with the aim to protect children from abuse.

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