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ISPCAN’s 2012 Youth Empowerment Forum
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How can children and youth contribute to combating child abuse and neglect?

When: 9/8/2012
Where: Harbiye Cultural Center & Museum
Istanbul, Turkey

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Children are often portrayed as the weak and helpless victims of abuse and neglect. The 2012 Youth Forum will focus on the possibilities of mobilization and the resilience of children in the face of child abuse and neglect (CAN). It will foster young people’s own creative solutions to addressing the shortcomings in prevention that lead to maltreatment. Most importantly, the event will "grow” future leaders in the fight against CAN.

The Program
The 2012 Youth Forum will bring together young people with a specific interest in promoting the health and well being of children and prevention of CAN. The Forum is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to meet, share their experiences and use their own knowledge and training to explore ways to implement national programs to help protect children against CAN.

The entire event will be filmed. Excerpts of the film will be exhibited at the Congress Plenary Session the following day to illustrate the participants’ engagement and to present their perspectives.

Attendee Qualifications
In order to participate in the Forum, a youth must be 15 - 25 years of age and be a member in good standing of a group under the auspices of an NGO. Each NGO may send a maximum of 3 children and young people.

For details on registration and arrangements, please contact:
Gaby Taub,, Youth Forum Co-chair, France
Gökçe Yılmaz,, Youth Forum Co-chair, Turkey

Youth Forum Program


Agenda Item






The aims of the Youth Forum program

Presenting the purpose, objectives, role and importance of participation in the event


Presentation of the participants’ organizations

Young people will describe the role they play in their respective organizations


Coffee Break


Presentation of the participants’ organizations

Young people will describe the role they play in their respective organizations


Lunch Break


Workshops in 4 groups

1st Group: Local partnerships for protecting children

2nd Group: National partnerships for protecting children

3rd Group: International partnerships for protecting children

4th Group: The use of new technologies in preventing of child abuse and neglect

Participants will be asked to address the following questions:

What have you done so far to combat CAN?

· What challenges have you encountered?

· Have you been able to find solutions to these challenges?

· What are your thoughts and suggestions with regard to addressing such challenges?

· What suggestions can you make with regard to cooperation and collaboration in combating CAN?


Coffee Break


Presentation of group reports of each workshop

Group reporters and moderators will begin collating information for a concise report to be presented the following day at the opening of the Congress


Preparation of the final report of the Youth Forum and closing remarks

Group reporters and moderators will report back on final content, make necessary adjustments as necessary



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