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Bernadette Madrid


Bernadette Madrid photoDr. Bernadette J. Madrid is the Director of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the University of the Philippines Manila - Philippine General Hospital where she is concurrently Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. The CPU has been cited as best practice by the UN Secretary General's Report on Children and Violence. She is the Executive Director of the Child Protection Network Foundation, Inc., an NGO that supports the training of Child Protection Professionals and the development of Child Protection Units in the Philippines. Dr. Madrid is a member of several government committees on health, social welfare, law enforcement and the judiciary. She is Professorial Lecturer II & member of the Research Committee of the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She serves in the Multi-Sectoral Governance Council of the Philippine National Police and the Committee for the Special Protection of Children chaired by the Department of Justice. Dr. Madrid has published several papers which have led to changes in policy and practice in the Philippines. She is a reviewer for Child Abuse & Neglect, the International Journal and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Dr. Madrid has been the recipient of several awards for her work in Child Protection: The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service 2001; 5 Most Outstanding Philippine Doctors 2004; Outstanding Woman Leaders of the City of Manila 2009; Outstanding Service Award for Child Protective Services by the National Children's Advocacy Center, Alabama, USA in 2012; Most Distinguished Alumnus Award for Service by an individual by the University of the Philippines, 2013. She was elected to the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect from 2004-2010. She is presently a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.



Reducing Child Abuse: Tackling Challenges in High Violence Societies

A review of 12,000 cases in the Philippine General Hospital Child Protection Management Information database on the factors leading to both abuse and risk for re-abuse in the last 14 years consistently came up with 4 factors: poverty, disability, poor parenting, drugs and alcohol. Risks are cumulative and critical periods are spread across the lifespan.  The presentation will discuss why the prenatal period should be treated separately from early childhood. There are two life courses to consider; the mother and her child and they are intertwined. Life is a cycle and adolescence is critical for catch-up interventions. The Adolescent can be a chimera victim/perpetrator. The girl/children and the young men are missing the bus. A prevention framework for a developing country high in violence will be presented that will feature overlapping pyramids of individual and societal needs that will locate government actions, international cooperation and individual efforts in a specific context. There is a minimum threshold for life to be livable but there must be a life beyond survival for violence to be reduced. Endeavors need to be multi-sectoral and integrated, some for short-term goals and others long-term. They need to happen at the same time and in a big enough scale to make a difference. However, there is also need for people on the edge that develop new insights and knowledge, teaming up with government for innovations that can change the core. With the new technology, people anywhere in the world can team up and create flows of knowledge, leveraging each other’s strengths. At no time in the world’s history is the individual more powerful than now.


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