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When: 9/9/2012
Where: Harbiye Cultural Center & Museum
Istanbul, Turkey

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Working Group on National Child Maltreatment Data Collection Pre-congress Meeting

Beginning at ISPCAN’s XIth International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect held in Dublin in 1996, a small but growing group of ISPCAN members have met at regional and international events to discuss country-wide child maltreatment data collection efforts. The primary objectives of these sessions have been to:

1. Identify and share various prominent data collection approaches and findings
2. To create a network of professional researchers involved in developing systematic national data collection
3. To analyze trends at national and international levels that can contribute to policy reform

Through these meetings and by encouraging greater participation, the group hopes to overcome major challenges in collecting child maltreatment data that include: The difficulty of identifying key governmental representatives who are involved in national data collection; the existence of siloed data collection practices tied to sectors or treatments; inexperience, lack of momentum or unfamiliarity with data collection in some countries; and socio-economic divides.

Meeting Agenda and Presenters



9:00 – 9:15

Welcome and Introductions
Jenny Gray, President Elect, ISPCAN, England

9:15 - 10:10

Ethics of collecting and publishing from self-report and administrative data
Discussion Topics (10 minutes or less to introduce topic, 12-minute discussion)
Chair: Lil Tonmyr, ISPCAN Working Group (WG) Co-Chair, Canada

Balkan Epidemiological Study on Child Abuse and Neglect (BECAN)
Presenter: Dr. George Nikolaidis, Research Director, Centre for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Greece

Status of the National Family Safety Program Data Collection Programs
Presenter: Maha Muneef, National Family Safety Program, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Involving Children and Parents in a National Prevalence Study
Presenter: Lorraine Radford, academic researcher and former Head of Research at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (tbc), England

ICAST Ethics
Presenter: Des Runyan, Director, Kempe Foundation for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, USA

10:10 – 10:40

ISPCAN WG Toolkit Presentation
Chair: Lil Tonmyr
Presenters: Beth Molnar, Associate Professor of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, USA; Debbie Scott, Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia

10:40 – 10:55


10:55 – 11:50

Public Health Implications of Child Maltreatment Data
Chairs: Lil Tonmyr; John Fluke, ISPCAN WG Co-Chair, USA; Susan Jack, Asst. Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University, Canada; Barbara Needell, Center for Social Services Research, University of California, Berkeley

11:50 – 12:30

Brief Project Updates (10 minutes each)
Chair: John Fluke

Saudi Registry and ICAST studies
Dr. Majid A. AlEissa, MD, National Family Safety Program, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The findings of the first incidence study of Child Rights Commissariat, 2011
Bert van Puyenbroeck, UBS Foundation Studies, Belgium

Situation of child protection in Arab countries
Dr. Bernard Gerbaka, Chairman, Pediatric Department, Hotel-Dieu Hospital, Lebanon

Updates from Hawaii (ICD-11 codes; PreVAiL Delphi process)
Debbie Scott and Lil Tonmyr

12:30 – 12:45

Upcoming Congress Sessions and Discussions on Child Maltreatment Data
Lead: Jenny Gray

12:45 - 1.00

Future Working Group activities, regional conferences and the 2014 Congress
Leads: John Fluke and Lil Tonmyr



1:00 – 2:30

Lunch and Working Group Business Meeting
Open to all those who wish to be part of the WG


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