The role of the scientific committee members is to evaluate abstracts.

Prof. Carme Montserrat, PhD, University of Girona, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Girona, Spain

Dr Carme Montserrat, PhD, is a deputy dean in the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Girona (Spain). She is a tenured professor at this Faculty since 2006, teaching at the degrees of Psychology and Social Education, and also at different master’s, post-degree and doctoral programs. She is also a researcher in the Research Team on Childhood, Adolescence, Children’s rights and their Quality of Life within the Research Institute for Quality of Life (IRQV) at the University. She acquired her PhD in 2006 from the University of Girona, having previously worked in the child protection system in the city of Barcelona as well as being a consultant with the Council of Europe regarding the issue of violence against children. Her main areas of research are related to children and young people in social services and public care using quantitative and qualitative methodology. She has authored and co-authored some books and chapters and has published several papers in prestigious national and international journals and as well as communications presented at national and international conferences. She is a member of the International Association of Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children’s Services (iaOBER).

Dr. Dafna Tener, PhD, Hebrew University Mt. Scopus, The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Dafna Tener, PhD, is a faculty member at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has studied child sexual abuse for the past 9 years and has conducted numerous research projects focusing on survivors’, families’ and professionals’ perceptions of sexual abuse. In 2012-2013 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Crimes Against Children Research Center supervised by Professor David Finkelhor. Since 2013 she has specialized in qualitative research methods as well as mixed methods. Dr. Tener is a research fellow at the Haruv institute, a training and research center in the field of child maltreatment.

Prof. Jasminka Zloković, PhD, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Pedagogy, Rijeka, Croatia

Prof. Jasminka Zloković, PhD, is a full professor at the University of Rijeka, Department of Pedagogy. She has published 10 science books in the area of Family and General Pedagogy, and she wrote many international scientific and expert papers. Her most recently published book is “Family Discourse in the context of child violence against parents”. She has actively participated in national and international scientific conferences, often as a keynote lecturer. She has dynamically been involved in organising numerous national and international scientific conferences. Her main research interests are pedagogical aspects of the family relationship (family communication, cohesion, flexibility). In 2015 she won the prestigious Croatian national award “Ivan Filipović” for the total contribution to Croatian science and education.

Prof. Fabian Kessl, PhD, University of Duisburg, Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Essen, Germany

Prof. Fabian Kessl, PhD, is a professor of Social Work at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Educational Sciences, and Institute for Social Work and Social Policy, Essen, Germany. His PhD has been on a governmentality of social work (published in 2005). Since 2008 he is a professor for social work theories and methods at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His teaching is focused on theories and policy studies in social work and on questions of education in non-schooling areas such as child and youth welfare. The current research interests of Fabian Kessl are in the area of the transformation of the welfare state and welfare state agencies, especially due to the dimensions of scale (spatial aspects), the everyday life of service users and the institutional change of public services in general. He was responsible for a number of research projects on specific aspects of residential child care, focussing on closed institutions questions, family-like structures and staff violence. Fabian Kessl is the Managing Director of “Social Work & Society”, and a member of several editorial boards (e.g. Critical Social Policy). Since 2014 Fabian Kessl is part of the executive board of the German Association of Educational Science (DGfE). He edited international special issues at the European Journal of Social Work (EJSW) and Social Work & Society (SW&S) on Knowledge Transfer in Social Work (2015), or Boundary Work (2012), and is editing currently the” European Social Work – Compendi­um” (together with Walter Lorenz, Hans-Uwe Otto and Sue White) at Barbara Budrich Publisher (Farmington Hills, 2017, in print).