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XXIst ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect
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XXIst ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect

When: 8/28/2016
Where: TELUS Convention Center
Contact: Candace Larue

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The 2016 Congress theme was Protecting our Children, Protecting our Future. It was expected to attract approximately 1200 -1500 delegates, with a major focus on attracting professionals from developing countries. We had a very stimulating event where we came together from all corners of the world to consider how best to protect children from being maltreated and maximize their well being.


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Pre-Conference Presentations:


Global Child: A Rights-Based Approach to Child Health and Development - Dr. Ziba Vaghri


Keynoter Presentations:


Strategic Alliances to Prevent Child Maltreatment - David Finkelhor, Ph.D.


Why I Didn't Say Anything - Sheldon Kennedy


New Horizons in Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Children - Alexander Butchart, Ph.D.


Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect is a Child Right - Yanghee Lee, Ph.D.


Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism - Najat M'jid, M.D.


First Star, Inc. - Peter Samuelson

First Star Academy Outcomes and Rational

First Star Academy National Outcomes Graphic

First Star Trifold Brochure

 Master Class Presentations:


The Effect of Early Adversity on Brain Development, Learning, and Health - Nicole Sherren, Ph.D.

Parenting: A glimpse into The ISPCAN Thinking Space Report on Positive Parenting - Joan van Niekerk, BSocSc Hons, MMedSc

Positive Parenting : Parents as Preventive Strategy - Dr Rajeev Seth MD, FIAP, FAAPExecutive


Communities and Prevention of Abusive Head Trauma – Dilemmas and advantages - Desmond Runyan, MD, DrPH, FAAP


Everybody Needs to Know: The Rationale, Research & Experience of Education for Abusive Head Injury Prevention - Dr Sue Foley, B.Soc.Stud, MA, MSW, MEd


Child Sexual Abuse Prevention & Education: Best Practices, Children’s Voices & Future Directions - Leslie M. Tutty, PhD


Prevention of Bullying at School Lucia C.A. Williams, PhD

Online Child Sexual Exploitation – Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future - Roberta Sinclair, Ph.D


Prevention of Interpersonal and Gender-Based Violence in Adolescent Relationships - Christine Wekerle, Ph.D.

Countries In Transition Forum Presentations:

Child Marriage -  Joan van Niekerk, BSocSc Hons, MMedSc


What’s the Next Right Thing to do in Child Protection? - Dr. Phillip Cook


What Child Protection Means in Developing Countries - Dr. Rajeev  Seth


Early Child Development and Child Rights; where do they cross paths? - Dr. Ziba Vaghri


“The Tanzania and Chile Pilots” - What we learned - Dr. Ziba Vaghri

Each registration included a copy of the 12th Edition of the World Perspectives on Child Abuse, a snapshot of child protection data around the world, free only to Congress attendees (a $35 value). The publication is also be available to purchase on our website here:


12th Edition of the World Perspectives on Child Abuse


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