Dr. Sue Bennett Biography

Dr Sue Bennett is a Full professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa. She is a pediatrician and mental health professional by training and recently appointed as Director of Social Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario after more than 2 decades as Director of the Child & Youth Protection Program, working clinically with maltreated children, youth and their families.

She was a founding member and first president of the Child & Youth Maltreatment Section at the Canadian Paediatric Society. Sue is a prominent advocate for the rights of children, youth & their families and conducts research and education in child protection, social pediatrics and child health for multidisciplinary professionals at the local, national and international level.

Sue has travelled widely and in recent years she has provided consultations to governments in the Middle East on the development of their national child protection strategies regarding policy, services and education & training.

She is a Director of the Board of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons International, an Associate at the International Institute of Child Rights and Development and a Councilor with the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).

Sue was the co-chair of the program of development international working group to develop the UN policy document on child protection adopted by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2011 and she is a Co- Investigator on a recently awarded $1.2 million CIHR grant on GlobalChild - to develop a comprehensive child rights monitoring platform to facilitate monitoring & accountability for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada & beyond.

She is presently leading the development of the Vanier- Ottawa Social Pediatric Hub with community & academic partners in an underserved, high needs and diverse community in Ottawa, the first of its kind in Ontario. It provides welcoming, culturally safe, trauma informed, rights respecting, holistic, comprehensive, and coordinated & multi- sectoral, integrated health and social care to children, youth and their families in order for them to reach their fullest potential ...and their hopes and dreams.




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