Project partners

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Lead Partner / Project Secretariat:

Morag MacKay, PIECES Project Leader, European Child Safety Alliance

Kevin McCullough, PIECES Financial Officer, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Associate Partners:

Babes-Bolyai University (RO)
Maria Roth,
Imola Antal,

Child Help Line (LT)
Robertas Povilaitis,

Mental Health Hospital Sigmund Freud (AT)
Katharina Purtscher-Penz,

Psytel (FR)
Marc Nectoux,
Mathilde Sengölge,

Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ES)
Josep M Suelves,

University of Central Lancashire (UK)
Lorraine Radford,

Dr. Maria Roth

Maria Roth

Professor, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, Social Work Department

Prof. Maria Roth started her professional career as a practitioner psychologist, working with children in schools, hospitals and orphanages. She is a trained psychotherapist and child psychologist. She obtained a Doctoral degree in Psychology in 1998, from Babeş-Bolyai University (Cluj, Romania). She is a professor in the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, and for the last decade she is the chair of the Social Work Department in the same university. She coordinates a master program in Children's Rights. She published several books, edited numerous volumes and published more than 100 papers in Romanian and international journals and volumes, in the area of social work, developmental psychology and social sciences. Most of her publications are in the area of child and adolescent development, child abuse and neglect, school-social work, children's rights and minority rights.

Dr. Imola Antal

Imola Antal

Associate Professor, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, Social Work Department

Dr. Imola Antal coordinates the Social Work programme in Hungarian language. She has a bachelor in psychology and has obtained a doctoral degree in Sociology in 2007, in the area of dating violence of youth. She is a trained family therapist and psychodramatist. She practiced clinical psychology and psychotherapy with patients of different ages and problems: victims of domestic violence or child maltreatment, eating disorders, psychopathology, relational conflicts. Her research and teaching is mostly focused on child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, social psychiatry, eating disorders, areas where she published several articles and books. She is one of the founders of an NGO- Association of Women against Violence ARTEMIS.

Robertas Povilaitis

Robertas Povilaitis

Robertas Povilaitis has PhD in psychology, is director of an NGO "Child Line" (, teaches at Vilnius University. Areas of expertise: bullying, children mental health, prevention of violence. He is Lithuanian national focal person for violence prevention for the World Health Organization and Secretary-General of European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (

Dr. Katharina Purtscher-Penz, MD

Katharina Purtscher-Penz

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Head of department)
Mental Health Hospital Sigmund Freud, Graz, Austria
Landesnervenklinik Sigmund Freud Graz
Abteilung für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und –psychotherapie
Wagner-Jauregg-Platz 1
8053 Graz

Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapist

Member of the Hospital Child Protection Team (Child Abuse and Neglect) at the Department Pediatric Surgery, University Hospital Graz, Austria from 1992-2002

Consultant at OMEGA HEALTH CARE CENTRE – for victims of violence and human rights violation, Graz, Austria

On-site assignments to provide psychosocial assistance for victims of intentional and unintentional human violence and disasters.

Teaching Assignment at the University Graz, Department of Psychology, The Donau-University Krems and at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Civil Protection/ Styria

Clinical specialist in

  • Trauma in Childhood, Child abuse and neglect
  • Psychological care after traumatic incidents
  • Stress management for helpers and rescue personnel

Marc Nectoux

Marc Nectoux

Marc Nectoux is a Statistician-Economist from Ecole Nationale de la Satistique et de l'Administration Economique (ENSAE) – Paris. He is Director of Psytel since 1994. Psytel is a nonprofit society founded in 1994. It is a cooperative of independent experts working in the field of health information systems and in the field of injury prevention, including home and leisure accidents (HLA) and violence against children, adolescents and women. We have conducted 7 projects in the DAPHNE programme as project leader. The last 3 projects:

  • Development of a survey module: "110 essential questions on intimate partner violence"
  • Estimated cost of domestic violence in Europe
  • Meta-analysis of the recommendations of DAPHNE projects on domestic violence

Mathilde Sengölge

Mathilde Sengolge

Mathilde Sengölge is the Director of More Safety Consulting, an independent consulting and research company which provides personalised services and guidance related to injury prevention and safety promotion, based in Austria. Her current prevention focus is on child home safety in Europe and violence prevention against women and children.

She is French-American and has worked in injury prevention research and policy, first in the United States at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, and then in Austria with the Austrian Road Safety Board. This entailed the creation and implementation of European Commission project grants, including budgeting and reports, as well as coordination of the internal team and communication with partners throughout Europe.

In addition to research projects Mathilde was the conference manager for the 1st European Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held in Vienna, Austria in June 2006 and she was the conference manager for the World Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference, June 2004.

Mathilde holds a Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, a Master of Public Health from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the U.S. and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She is also Vice-President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Section on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion.

Josep M Suelves

Josep M Suelves

Trained as a Clinical Psychologist, I am working for the Public Health Agency of Catalonia. The main domains of my work in ASPCAT are injuries and substance abuse. I am also involved in the implementation of the "health in all policies" approach in Catalonia, and the use of information and communication technologies for Public Healthy purposes.

Member of the working group on injuries and the working group on alcohol in the Spanish Epidemiologic Society, and member of the steering group in the Section on Injury prevention and safety promotion in the European Public Health Association.

I have been lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology in the University of Barcelona, and I am currently lecturer in the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya – UOC).

I have published several reports and scientific papers on unintentional injuries in childhood and adolescence, road traffic injuries, economic impact of traffic injuries, intimate partner violence, suicidal behaviour, illicit drug related mortality, and adolescent self-harm.

Lorraine Radford

Lorraine Radford

Lorraine Radford, PhD is Professor of Social Policy & Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire, UK and co-director of the Connect Centre for International Research on the Prevention of Violence and Harm.

European Commission

Co-funded by the DAPHNE Programme of the European Union