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ICAST

ISPCAN Child Abuse Screening Tools (ICAST)
Questionnaires and Guides available for UN Study on Violence against Children


ISPCAN offers the coordination of ICAST services at no cost.
If you have benefited from the use of the ICAST, please consider a donation to ISPCAN.
Your support will help us continue to provide services to other research projects across the world.


 

ICAST has successfully served as a common instrument worldwide to enable systematic collection and comparison of data across cultures, time or between research groups for collecting data on the extent and depth of child abuse. ICAST has been translated and validated into at least 20 languages.

The tools are developed for gathering information in three areas:

  • Parent interview that will ask about the child's exposure to violence in the home
  • Young adult version for adults who have recently become independent
  • A Child instrument for children over 11 years of age

Professionals may use these tools with the understanding that they agree to:

  • Use the tools in a culturally appropriate way that is also sensitive to the needs of children.
  • Submit the questionnaire for ethical review by a professionally approved entity in the country/countries where the survey is conducted
  • Share a summary report of findings with ISPCAN

Complete the ICAST request form>>>

A special note on use of the children's questionnaire:
The development of the child self-assessment questionnaire regarding maltreatment is controversial. Children may not have the perspective needed to categorize events as abusive. Child participation in research usually involves parental consent— younger children may not have the experience or education needed to give truly informed consent. Assessing the consequence of consent is significant, as the disclosure of information about child abuse could result in the child's removal from his or her home and criminal prosecution of the parents. It is difficult for a child to assess the potential benefits and quality of research that is being conducted by researchers. While the collection of data from children has limitations and ethical boundaries, children are an incomparable source of data about abuse in the home, institutional or school settings.

Tools are available in the following languages with the Procedure Manuals and Guides only available in English at this time.


Parent
Questionnaire

Retrospective
Questionnaire

Child
(Home Version)

Child
(Institutional Version)

Consent Form

English

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


Albanian

Yes


Yes



Arabic: Egyptian

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


Arabic: Saudi



Yes


Yes

Bosnia and Herzegovina

(Latin and Cyrillic)

Yes


Yes



Bulgarian

Yes


Yes



Croatian

Yes


Yes



French

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


Greek

Yes


Yes



Hindi

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


Icelandic



Yes

Yes


Macedonian

Yes


Yes



Korean


Yes




Marathi

Yes

Yes

Yes



Serbia (Serbian and Hungarian)

Yes


Yes



Romania (Romanian and Hungarian)

Yes


Yes



Russian

Yes

Yes

Yes



Spanish

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


Thai

Yes





Turkish

Yes


Yes



 

ISPCAN's goal for this project is to provide a method to make reported incidence of all forms of violence against children more accurate and more representative of the true scope of the problem. Research instruments that measure child maltreatment are significant tools in preventing child abuse and neglect globally. It is our hope that the use of these tools will result in policies and programs that promote child protection and in curricula adaptation for general and continuing professional education. Most child abuse research has been conducted in affluent, western countries.

A significant barrier to research worldwide has been a lack of suitable tools to use in local surveys with children and young people. It is hoped that these tools will remove this barrier. It is also envisioned that the availability of a common tool will enable systematic comparison of data across cultures, time or between research groups even when such groups operate within the same country or use the same language.

 

Request for Use of Child Abuse and Neglect Questionnaire

 

To receive a copy of the ICAST tools, please complete the request form by clicking on the link below, filling in all sections of the form as best you can. All available translations can be found in the chart above. You must agree to the following statements (please check Yes or No in the form):

Agreements:
A) I understand that ISPCAN is interested in summary reports of findings from this research internationally. In return for receiving and using the above identified documents, I confirm that I/we will share the results of our Study with ISPCAN forinternational research comparison uses.

B) I understand that in asking sensitive questions about violence in the family that ethical and mental health problems may emerge in respondents. I agree that I would submit the questionnaire for ethical review in my country and follow the ISPCAN guide before conducting interviews or written surveys.

C) If I/we translate the questionnaires to other language, I/we agree to provide ISPCAN with the translated questionnaires.

Complete the ICAST request form>>>

History of the ICAST
With the support of the Oak Foundation, ISPCAN collaborated with UNICEF, the UN Secretary General's Study on Violence against Children, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, and the World Health Organization (WHO) to create the ICAST. The tools were designed by international experts, reviewed by more than 100 professionals from different countries using a Delphi process, field tested in 8 countries, and refined. Since then, ICAST has been translated and tested in at least 20 languages.

The first parent and young adult questionnaires were field tested in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, India, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Russia. The children's questionnaire was field tested in Colombia, India and Russia and in Iceland. The questionnaires were translated into multiple languages and incorporate refinements based on feedback from translators and back-translators.

Three articles on the instruments were published in Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal.

Acknowledgements
ISPCAN is very grateful to the immensely valuable and dedicated contributions several individuals have made, including those listed below. This project was led by Dr. Desmond Runyan of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment for Child Abuse and Neglect in the USA as the Special Representative to the NGO Subgroup on the UN Study on Violence Against Children, with the assistance of Dr. Adam Zolotor from the University of North Carolina. The project was coordinated by Dr. Michael Dunne of Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

Mr. Gopalan Balagopal, Senior Adviser, Child Protection, UNICEF and staff provided continued support from the time the UNICEF grant for the project was initiated. Clemencia Ramirez of Colombia, Dipty Jain of India, Randa Youssef of Egypt, Marcel Tshibangu of DR Congo, Helga Rúna Péturs of Iceland, Nurgul Mamyrova and Inna Andreeva of Kyrgyzstan, Bernard Gerbaka of Lebanon, Sham Kasim of Malaysia and Elena Volkova of Russia and coordinated the field test in each of these countries. Kimberly Svevo and George Palamattam provided ISPCAN support for the project.

Questions? Contact adminassistant@ispcan.org.

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