Members of the Safeguarding Commission


Andrew Azzopardi

Andrew is a qualified social worker and specialises in safeguarding children. He worked in the public sector as a practitioner and manager, where he completed complex child protection investigations and worked with asylum-seeking children. He previously worked with the NSPCC where he completed risk assessments and offered therapy in child sexual abuse cases with both victims and sex offenders. More recently he headed the safeguarding investigations team at the Football Association in England. Andrew holds a post graduate degree in international politics and human rights from City University London. Andrew is the Head of the Safeguarding Commission.


Dr Roberta Attard

Roberta is a chartered clinical psychologist and social worker with training in Applied Systemic Theory. She has extensive experience in the field of child and adolescent clinical disorders, child psychotherapy, child forensic psychology, child protection and child abuse investigation. Roberta has practiced in a variety of settings specialising in the use of drawings, play, and psychotherapeutic techniques in individual and group psychotherapy with traumatized children and adolescents. She provides supervision and consultation to other professionals and institutions and delivers training workshops focusing on creative ways of working therapeutically with children suffering from psychological, behavioural and social difficulties.  She is a full-time lecturer with the Department of Counselling and a consultant for various State boards and State run programs seeking to provide aid to vulnerable minors.


Dr Kevin Borg

Kevin is a qualified Paediatrician with a special interest in safeguarding children, as awarded by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health after successfully completing subspecialist training in this field under the supervision of leading experts in London.  He has assessed a number of children where an allegation or suspicion of child maltreatment,  particularly child sexual abuse, was made. He has published material related to safeguarding children and has recently graduated from Warwick University, obtaining an M.Sc. in Child Health where his research focused on the safeguarding of children.  Kevin has also been appointed to the Editorial Board of the International Journal ‘Child Abuse Review’.



Fr Antoine Farrugia SDB

A Salesian educator and registered social worker, Fr Antoine works with young people and families in difficult situations, specialising in residential services for youth and children without parental care. Having trained locally and in Europe, he worked with NGOs, educational institutions and government entities in Malta, Ireland and Brussels, at service delivery, management and policy levels. Fr Antoine is qualified in the supervision and training of social workers, care workers and volunteers providing services for young people in difficult situations. Having graduated with an MSc in Child Protection and Welfare from Trinity College, Dublin in 2011, he is currently serving as Chaplain of MCAST and Rector of the Salesian Community in Senglea.


Dr Clarissa Sammut Scerri

Clarissa is a warranted Counselling Psychologist, a registered Family Therapist, and a qualified Systemic supervisor. She is a full time lecturer and Head of  the Department of Family Studies at the University of Malta. Before joining the University of Malta, she worked for several years in the social welfare field. She previously was the Head and clinical supervisor of the Family Therapy and Psychological Services, within Appogg. She has served on several Government Boards including the Children and Young Persons Care Order Advisory Board. Her clinical expertise includes working with individuals, couples, and  families. She provides clinical supervision to various professionals. Her main interests lie in the study of attachment and psychological trauma especially the study of domestic violence and abuse in families.


Dr Nicole Briffa

Nicole is the legal adviser of the Safeguarding Commission.






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