Lars Lööf is a certified child psychologist and psychotherapist and has worked with children in particularly vulnerable situations for over 35 years. Lars is presently finalising a one-year employment with the Stockholm child- and adolescent psychiatric youth unit, based at Södersjukhuset, one of the biggest Stockholm hospitals where he has worked with young people aged 13 – 18 with somatic and psychiatric difficulties.In August 2014, Lars will start working with International Training Programmes at the International Centre for Local Democracy based in Visby on the island of Gotland.

In the past Lars has worked with Save the Children Sweden, both clinically with young people with experiences of war and forced migration and as the responsible coordinator for numerous European wide projects focusing on children at risk and their survival mechanisms and strengths.

From 2002 – 2013 Lars was head of the Children’s Unit within the Council of the Baltic Sea States, setting up cooperation mechanisms across the region for professionals working with children at risk. Areas he worked with then includes children leaving care, children victims of online sexual abuse and more specifically children victims of trafficking. Lars set up training programmes for professionals so as to broaden the knowledge base, he initiated reports and coordinated projects. He has written articles and contributed to publications on the subjects and as coordinator he has edited numerous publications. Lars is a member of the 3rd EU group of experts on human trafficking.