The Haruv Institute in Jerusalem is Israel’s leading authority on child abuse and neglect.
Established by the Schusterman Foundation – Israel in 2007, its mission is to become an international center of excellence contributing to the reduction of child maltreatment; and to create and nurture a capable and skillful community of professionals dedicated to the welfare of children who have suffered from all types of abuse—psychological, physical, and sexual, as well as neglect. The realization of this vision involves a three-pronged approach involving research, education, and public policy in which the best results for children are
achieved when insights from research inform professional training and policy.
The Institute applies a multi-faceted strategy to advance its mission, specifically:
Developing innovative educational programs for allied professionals by furnishing them with up-to-date theoretical and empirical knowledge and professional tools that will enable them to function at the highest professional level.
Advancing research on child abuse and neglect. This includes identifying the needs of populations that do not receive adequate services, evaluating the effectiveness of existing welfare programs and training programs, surveying professionals’ opinions on abuse and prevention, and assessing public attitudes. The Haruv Institute conducts its own research and also provides research grants to external investigators.
Cultivating an outstanding corps of professionals at all levels in the field of child welfare services, and fostering interdisciplinary coordination amongst them. These professionals include social workers, psychologists, physicians, attorneys, and educational counselors.
Influencing Israeli public awareness, policy, and legislation on child abuse and neglect. This involves public education campaigns as well as improving awareness by parents, children and communities, and improving regulation.
It is the Haruv Institute’s belief that a sophisticated understanding of what is occurring in the field—in homes, in the community, and in clinical care settings—in combination with strong networks of communication with professionals is the optimal way to advance the knowledge and skills of professionals for the benefit of children at risk. In this way, the Institute endeavors to improve the lives of abused and neglected children by providing them with the most sensitive, dependable, and effective care.