Dr. Yitzhak Kadman, Executive Director of the National Council for the Child has contributed more than any other person to elevating the issue of children at risk to the center of public discourse and debate in Israel, and to exposing the needs of these children which are not being properly addressed.
His leadership has enabled the Council to become a highly influential agency, whose voluntary and independent activity offers an important recourse to children seeking defense of their rights. It provides such a recourse also to parents and educators who identify special needs among children and dangers threatening them, as well as to professionals seeking to design policies that might guarantee the safety and welfare of children at risk. Dr. Kadman's energetic and uncompromising activity has resulted in the promotion and formulation of a comprehensive social policy that provides responses to the needs of children at risk in the State of Israel.
He has a Ph.D. from Heller School of Brandeis University, is a former lecturer at the Hebrew University and Ben Gurion University Schools of Social Work, and former president of the Israeli Association of Social Workers. He has served as an advisor to the Knesset Special Committee on Child Abuse, and has been Executive Director of the NCC since 1986. Dr. Kadman is recognized as Israel's foremost expert on the subject of children's rights.
Dr. Kadman was presented The Leonore and Larry Zusman-JDC Prize for Excellence in the Field of Social Services in Israel in 2003.