Cees Hoefnagels has a degree in Clinical Psychology. From this expertise, he focuses on the prevention of mental disorders – initially as a prevention worker within the mental health care sector. Through his scientific research, he aims to improve current practice and policies, to alleviate the unnecessary and avoidable suffering of children and young people as a result of domestic violence and sexual assault.
In 2001, he graduated with honours, earning a PhD for various theoretical and empirical contributions that focus on addressing child abuse cases at an earlier stage. In addition, he has contributed to the guidelines set out in the ‘Afwegingskader Meldcode Huiselijk geweld en kindermishandeling’ (‘Assessment Framework for the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Reporting Code’).
Among other things, Cees has contributed to a number of initiatives that have won awards, from the ‘Appeltje van Oranje’, presented by HRM Queen Maxima to Stichting MeeLeefGezinnen; the Innovatieprijs Preventie Kindermishandeling, awarded to the Klokhuis children’s television broadcast about child abuse (2014); to the Publieksprijs and Juryprijs Beste Kindertelevisie 2013, also awarded to the Klokhuis broadcast about child abuse. Moreover, Cees has authored or co-authored around 100 professional or scientific publications.
Fields of expertise
- Child abuse
- Prevention worker