Sanjana Bhardwaj

Director Child Safety & Development

Social Emotional Development Institute

Sanjana Bhardwaj is a social policy expert with over thirty years of experience in the field of sustainable development throughout the Middle East, Asia and Australia, focusing on social protection needs of vulnerable children, women and individuals with disability. She provides technical advisory services to policy makers and strategic planners in government, non-government and UN agencies on child protection, social equity and gender-based violence. In recent years, she has worked with a number of UAE Government federal and local entities (Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior Child Protection Centre, Community Development Authority, The Executive Council of Dubai, Knowledge Human Development Authority) contributing strategically on prevention of child abuse, social inclusion of people with disability, social care and benefits services provision, human rights, licensing and regulation of development workers and corporate social responsibility. She has conducted community research on a number of issues including family violence, child trafficking and social inclusion of marginalised population groups. An adjunct faculty at Zayed University, she is an ardent speaker and has presented at various international conferences. She has strong strategic planning, policy-making, project management and capacity-building skills. In her capacity as the Director Child Safety & Development, she is currently providing child protection expertise to SEDI’s global operations.


Future Leaders

27 February 2020 | 11:30 - 12:30 | English | Helping School Communities Build Sustainable Capability for Emotional Safety & Resilience

Building competency for Emotional Resilience, through self-awareness and social emotional skills, enables children to harness distressing emotions, foster positive relationships and cope better with adversity. Research tells us children who are exposed to continuous abuse and neglect suffer neurologically; seriously affecting their ability to learn, plus their physical and mental health. There is a real value from establishing emotionally resilient young people; a tangible emotional capital which mitigates how society loses millions of dollars in health and social care, education and human services supports. For schools to maintain their critical focus on education achievement, they must seamlessly develop capability for mental health and wellbeing; all innately connected to students’ success in the classroom and to a thriving community environment.