Child Abuse Experts from Around the World to Attend 30th Annual Chadwick Conference

Jan. 21, 2016 – San Diego, CA – More than 1,800 child maltreatment professionals from 30 countries will participate in the 30th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. Held from Jan. 23 through 28 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, the conference is a global forum for presentations and discussions about multi-disciplinary efforts to prevent, investigate, treat and prosecute child and family maltreatment.

“Over the last 30 years, the San Diego International Conference has become an internationally recognized opportunity to share the latest research, evidence-based education and best practices with professionals in the field,” said Charles Wilson, senior director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. “As a result, conference attendees gain additional knowledge and skills to improve the outcomes of traumatized children and their families worldwide.”

The week-long conference includes more than 160 workshops and presentations on topics including child sex trafficking, mental health, criminal investigation, mental health treatment, trauma therapy, domestic violence, forensic interviewing, cyberbullying and internet crimes against children. Speakers at the conference include:

  • Sharon Cooper, adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will explore the impact of technology on child sexual exploitation. (Monday, Jan. 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Richard Krugman from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine will review the history of efforts to protect children from maltreatment over the last 50 years. (Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Lauren McSwain and Helen Singh, staff attorneys for the Children’s Law Center in New York City, will give a presentation on preventing bullying in the home. (Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 8 – 9:30 a.m.)
  • Jill Corbin, associate dean and professor of anthropology at Case Western University will discuss the impact of social conditions, poverty and neighborhood context on child maltreatment. (Thursday, Jan. 28 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.)

The conference is sponsored by the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s, a recognized leader in the assessment, detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and family violence. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016, the center offers a variety programs and services including trauma counseling, forensic and medical services. In fiscal year 2015, the Chadwick Center served more than 60,000 children, families and professionals. For additional information about the San Diego International Conference, visit: To schedule an interview with a speaker, contact Rady Children’s Media Relations at 858-966-4901.

 About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 520-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

Media Contact: Carlos Delgado
Office: 858-966-4901