Practitioner – Shaheda Omar

Shaheda Omar – Practitioners

My motivation to join SaferSpaces:

I work for The Teddy Bear Bear Foundation which provides free holistic services to children and families affected by abuse.

I'm working in these sectors:


I'm specialising in these theme(s):

Victim support


The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children, originated in 1986 in response to an urgent need for medical examinations for sexually abused children. From there it has grown into a fully-fledged service for abused children which includes: Forensic medical examinations, forensic assessments, counselling, psychological testing and more recently a diversion programme for youth sexual offenders.

Professor Lorna Jacklin a specialist paediatrician based at the Johannesburg General Hospital the chairman of the board of directors formed part of the inception of The Teddy Bear Clinic. The Teddy Bear Clinic is closely monitored by the board of directors who are all from civil society. The financial department is audited every year by a well-known and reputable auditing firm.

Project Information

In South Africa, child abuse is and has been an ongoing problem. As an NGO, our concern is not only to support children and families affected by abuse but also to promote: “CHILD ABUSE NO MORE”. To do this we at The Teddy Bear Clinic have a two-pronged approach.

We historically have supported the abused child through the Criminal Justice System to ensure psychological healing takes place and the child is able to fulfil their place as a valuable member in society without the scarring that may perpetuate child abuse in the future. We have done this through forensic medical examinations, supportive therapy, forensic evaluations, psychological testing and a court preparation programme for children and parents, for cases that go to court.

The second prong of The Teddy Bear Clinic approach is offering a diversion programme in partnership with the courts for young sex offenders. This programme is designed to redirect the child offender away from the criminal justice system in order to rehabilitate the child into more constructive behaviours.  We hereby prevent the child from developing into an adult offender which in turn will help us achieve our aim of “Child Abuse no more”


To minimize the secondary harm to children and their families when entering the child protection system by providing expertise, information and support in order to make their journey a healing one.


The have a society free of Child Abuse – “CHILD ABUSE NO MORE”


  • Social Work Degree
  • Phd - Psychology