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Sharon Bessell

Sharon Bessell is the Director of the Children's Policy Centre.

Tshoki Khandu

Tshoki Khandu is the Administrator of the Children's Policy Centre.

Tahira Jabeen (phd scholar)

Master of Social Work, the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Master of Public Policy, the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia
Currently, PhD candidate at the Crawford School of Public Policy, the ANU

My PhD research is on child protection policy in the developing countries context of Pakistan. Before starting the PhD, I was working as lecturer of Social Policy and Administration in the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. I have worked with various departments of government of Pakistan and international agencies including UNICEF, UNDP, GTZ and the Church World Services conducting research on women and children issues and providing training to their staff in formulating policies and administration of women and children related initiatives. I have conducted and published research with children in especially difficult circumstances such as lost, kidnapped, runaway, homeless and street children in Pakistan. I have done some work relating children, communities and social inclusion in Australia with my PhD supervisor Dr. Sharon Bessell. My research interests include human rights of children, child protection policy and social policy and administration.

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