Research Symposium Held in Trinidad

From Adele JonesApril to May 2011, over 40 professionals from Trinidad & Tobago gathered at the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago) for a research and practice training focused on preventing child sexual abuse.

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Stop It Now! collaborated with the Center for Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield (UK) and the Social Work Unit of the University of the West Indies (Trinidad) to provide this professional training course, entitled "Advanced Training for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse-- Cross Cultural Explorations, Explanations and Interventions."  The training course was also in support of the “Break the Silence”  campaign being launched by The Institute for Gender and Development Studies (UWI). Key training facilitators were drawn from the sponsoring organizations, as well as the Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic (Grenada) and UWI Dept. of Child Health.

James A. H. HafnerThe training programme received direct grant funding from the UWI Research and Publication Fund, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and addition support for facilitator participation was also provided by UWI Faculty of Social Sciences, Stop It Now! and the Oak Foundation. 

This event was a direct outcome of a UNICEF study of child sexual abuse in the Eastern Caribbean, and is one of several activities led by CACS in partnership with UWI and Stop It Now!, respectively.

Training Agenda 


Center for Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield

Social Work Unit, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

  • Ms. Michele Sogren
  • Dr. Priya Maharaj

Stop It Now!

  • Ms. Sarita Hudson
  • Dr. James A. H. Hafner


Selected presentations from the event are available in pdf format below.

Professor Jones also presented at the Opening Ceremony of the Break the Silence Regional Conference on Understanding and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and HIV Risk