Social Impact Award: Assist. Prof. H. Ozden BADEMCI

Social Impact Award: Havva Özden BADEMCİ (University of East London and University of Kent)

Havva Özden Bademci has played a leading role in rehabilitating and protecting the needs of street children, through the establishment of the Maltepe University Research and Application Centre for Street Children (SOYAÇ). SOYAÇ is the only centre in Turkey represented in the Safe Families Safe Children International Coalition work for street children. Havva carries out national and international research studies, consultancy work, teaching activities and practical projects which are intended to build on the resilience of vulnerable children and young people. She provides psychosocial training programmes to service providers, such as correctional officers working in youth detention centres, that work with street and vulnerable children.

Both at the University of Kent and Tavistock Clinic she worked with global leading academics and practitioners. As a student she became part of an international network of scholars and clinicians who later helped her to advance her professional career. Havva observes that her studies in the UK influenced her decision to set up an inspiring Centre for Children, SOYAÇ.