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15th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
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Child abuse and neglect and domestic violence are universal health issues that leave a day-to-day legacy of individual suffering. It affects all social layers of our society. We invite you to join us in The Hague to investigate science-based approaches to preventing violence against children. The Conference Theme is: Multi-disciplinary interagency approaches to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/1/2017 to 10/4/2017
When: Sunday, 1 October to Wednesday, 4 October, 2017
Where: The Hague, Netherlands

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All children have the universal right to be able to develop physically, mentally, socially, morally and spiritually with freedom and dignity. Yet, across the world, millions of children are neglected or abused each year, often causing lasting consequences. We are proud to work together with ISPCAN to fulfill our shared global obligation to prevent and help child abuse and neglect at the 15th European Regional Conference in The Hague, the Netherlands. 


Yearly, more than 100.000 children and youngsters between the ages of 0 and 18 years are abused in one or more ways. Due to the seriousness of the issue, the Dutch government stimulates the prevention and early recognizing and ending child abuse and neglect. The region of The Hague has been creating positive intervening programs to strengthen the lives of these children and their families by working together with communities, organisations and networks. This approach affects all social layers of our society. All members of the society will benefit from a strong support system and resources in the face of all challenges; as parents, neighbors, friends, fellow human beings, raising our children in a healthy and safe environment is among our highest priorities. Therefore, we are dedicated to prepare the program of the conference, as well as the key-note speakers, focused on the multi-disciplinary interagency approaches to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.


The Hague as the international city of peace and justice, with over 160 international organisations, NGO’s, institutions working on global issues. The Hague is a meeting destination that works, with a dedicated convention facility, wide range of hotels, and easy logistics. The city with the attractive coastline, is safe and endowed with reliable infrastructure, enabling it to handle the ISPCAN conference in 2017. There is an excellent accessibility from two international airports. The city offers a range of interesting tourist attractions, rich cultural offerings and fine restaurants. All of this combined with the expertise on the multi-disciplinary interagency approaches to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, makes The Hague the right place to host this conference. Therefore, the city of The Hague welcomes delegate members to attend the 15th European Regional Conference 1-4 October 2017.



Dr. Kevin Lalor                                                                                           Dr. Ton van Dijk                            

Head of School of Languages, Law & Social Sciences                       Director of Public Health

Dublin Institute of Technology                                                                 Region of The Hague

Conference Co-Chair                                                                              Conference Co-Chair



Please join us for pre-conference events, including our Youth Forum.

Sign up for these events on Sunday, prior to the conference open:

*Child Death Review Meeting

*Working Group on Child Maltreatment



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