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Current ISPCAN Award Recipients

2016 Recipients 

Recognized at the XXIst ISPCAN International Congress in Calgary, Canada:

Kempe Lectureship Award -David Finkelhor (USA)

David Finkelhor is Director of Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, Professor of Sociology, and University Professor, at the University of New Hampshire. His core fields of interest have been the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence, which he started to study back in 1977. He is perhaps best known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has done extensive research about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer abuse. In his recent work, for example, his book, Child Victimization (Oxford University Press, 2008), he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. This book received the Daniel Schneider Child Welfare Book of the Year award in 2009. All together he is editor and author of 12 books and over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, in 2005 he and his colleagues received the Child Maltreatment Article of the Year award, in 2007 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, and in 2014 he was awarded the National Scientific Impact Award from the Kempe Center for the prevention and treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.


Distinguished Service Award – John D. Fluke (USA) 

Dr. Fluke is Associate Director of System Research and Evaluation at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. With over 35 years of experience in social service delivery system research in the area of Child Welfare and Mental Health Services for children he is internationally recognized as a researcher specializing in assessing, analyzing, and teaching decision making in human services delivery systems.  He is also active in the area of national child maltreatment data collection systems and analysis and has worked with data collection programs in the Balkans, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the US, and for UNICEF. He has conducted research and evaluation at all levels of government within the US, in the private not-for-profit sector, and with national foundations and associations. Within the US government he has been PI for projects with the US Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and with the US Agency for International Development. Within the US, he has also worked on projects sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Casey Family Services Foundation, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. He is also known for his innovative and informative research and evaluation work in the areas of child maltreatment prevalence, child welfare administrative data analysis, workload and costing, and performance and outcome measurement for children and family services. 


Distinguished Service Award – Lil Tonmyr (Canada)

Dr. Lil Tonmyr is a Senior Researcher with the Public Health Agency (PHAC) of Canada and Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, with Carleton University. Dr. Tonmyr has worked extensively on issues related to family violence in a variety of domains including child welfare and women’s shelters. Within PHAC she has worked to develop and implement Canada’s national child maltreatment surveillance program. She co-chairs an international committee on the development of child welfare information systems. As a researcher at PHAC, she has published extensively in the areas of child maltreatment, substance abuse, and deliberate self-harm and other health issues. She also works with federal, provincial and territorial child welfare authorities to advance public policy in this area.


Distinguished Service Award – Rajendra N. Srivastava (India)

Dr Srivastava is a practicing pediatric nephrologist for over 50 years. He has worked in UK, USA and Afghanistan (1974-1979). He was involved with organization of nutrition support services in refugee camps in west Bengal in 1971. He has observed problems of children in different societies. Pediatricians in South Asia and other developing countries are overburdened with management of sick children. Advocating that they must go beyond their traditional role and address various issues that affect the lives of the majority of underprivileged children, he initiated a group under the aegis of Indian Academy of Pediatrics in 1996. The Group (Indian CANCL Group) has a multidisciplinary membership. It interacts with other professional bodies, government agencies and NGOs towards shared goals and advocacy. The Group organized the 9th Asia Pacific conference of ISPCAN in October 2011, where it was emphasized that deprivation of health care and education was the most important form of neglect in most Asian countries and that poverty, illiteracy and adverse societal attitudes were the main contributors towards abuse and exploitation of children. A book entitled “Child Abuse and Neglect : challenges and opportunities”, based on presentations at that conference, was published and co-edited by Dr Srivastava. 
The problems of CAN and exploitation in South Asia are different from those in developed countries and a multipronged approach by civil society is needed to tackle the scourge of CAN in this region. A move to constitute a South Asian Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (SAPCAN) has been made aiming at close regional cooperation and make joint efforts to protect and help our children. 


Multidisciplinary Team Award - The Los Angeles Child Death Review Team (USA)

The first Multiagency Child Death Review Team was created in Los Angeles County in 1978 by Michael Durfee MD, child psychiatrist, and housed in the LA County Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN). By design, the process helped multiple agencies’ staff cross lines to work together. The LAPD Abused Child Unit, formed in 1974, presented the first case. Other agencies added significant information regarding the child’s life and death that was not connected until the
review. The L.A. County team has continued to meet for 38 years, reviewing over 2000 cases of child fatalities from homicide, suicide, accidents or undetermined causes. The team is co-chaired by human services and criminal justice. A separate Child and Adolescent Suicide review began in 2000, chaired by Michael Pines PhD. In 2014, team review was initiated to focus on deaths designated Undetermined, led by Carol Berkowitz MD. Based on Team findings, laws and programs have been developed to prevent child deaths including pool safety, safe sleeping and safe surrender. ICAN supported local, national and international team
data collection, reports and new teams. More than 1,000 teams formed internationally, often with support from other teams. In 1996, ICAN was designated the National Center on Child Fatality Review (NCFR). The last U.S. state joined with a Child Death Review Team in 2001 and 155 nations have visited the ICAN web site. The team added liaison with Domestic Violence Fatality Review and began an annual conference on traumatic child grief support for child survivors of fatal family violence. A hospital network has been developed with a focus on high risk newborns, infants and toddlers. Plans are underway to add high risk pregnancies in 54 birth hospitals. 


Multidisciplinary Team Award - AFECTO (Columbia)

"The Affection Association began work on July 22, 1988 when the Colombian Association for the Defense of Abused Children was established, and in 1997 became the Association Affection -. Against Child Abuse" AFECTO carries out projects of care, prevention of child maltreatment and sexual abuse, and promotion of good treatment by providing training to groups, mobilizing public opinion, generating and starting campaigns and studies with the purpose of reducing maltreatment and violence against boys and girls. 

Distinguished Career Award - Francien Lamers-Winkelman (Netherlands)

Francien Lamers-Winkelman is a psychologist, a child psychomotor therapist, and a Professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Section of Clinical Child and Family Studies, VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research and teaching topics are children as witnesses, assessment and effective treatment after child (sexual) abuse, and children as witnesses and victims of interparental violence.She holds a masters degree in Human Movement Sciences, a masters degree in Pedagogy and a Ph.D. in Psychology. She is the founder of the Children’s and Youth Trauma Center (KJTC), the first specialized center for treatment following child abuse and neglect in the Netherlands (Haarlem). She developed “Horizon”, a treatment program that is a combination of cognitive behavior therapy (trauma-focused) and psychomotor therapy.


Distinguished Career Award - Marcellina Mian (Qatar / Canada)

Dr. Mian’s career has had two areas of focus: medical education and child protection. She began as Director of Medical Education at the North Shore Children's Hospital (Salem, MA) and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University (Boston). In 1980 she joined The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (Canada) and reached the rank of Professor of Paediatrics, with a cross appointment in the Department of Public Health. She was Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for 8 years before her move to Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) in 2006. Since then Dr. Mian has filled several roles at WCMC-Q, and is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Medical Education. Her current interest in education is enhancing the performance of international students in an American-based medical education system.

Dr. Mian has been active at the local, national and international level in organizations that aim at
child maltreatment prevention. At SickKids, she was a member of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program for 26 years and in 2009/2010 was Medical Director of the Child
Protection Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has been a member of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse (ISPCAN) since 1984 and its president from 2002 to 2004. She has provided consultation to the World Health Organization on developing guidelines for an integrated multi-sectoral approach to child maltreatment prevention worldwide and on related training materials. In Qatar, Dr. Mian is part of a group of professionals at Hamad Medical Corporation that established a hospital-based SCAN team.
Dr. Mian has been active in conducting research on child maltreatment and medical education.
She has written a number of articles and been a presenter on these subjects at numerous conferences internationally.


C. Henry Kempe Award - Franziska Meinck (United Kingdom)  

Franziska is a post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Evidence-Based Interventions at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on child and adolescent abuse victimisation in South Africa and the development and validation of child abuse measurement instruments for use in trials and multi-component surveys. She is part of the Parenting for Lifelong Health Network, a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Reading and Bangor and UNICEF and the World Health Organization, aiming at developing and rigorously testing low-cost parenting interventions for use in low- and middle income countries. Franziska received a BA in social work from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy and holds an MSC and a DPhil in social interventions from the University of Oxford. She is a registered social worker in the UK. 


C. Henry Kempe Award - Pooja Taparia (India) 

Arpan is an award-winning organization working hard to address the issue of child sexual abuse in India. According to the National Child A
buse Study 2007, 21% of all children and adolescents have experienced severe sexual abuse. Based in Mumbai, Arpan is the largest NGO in India addressing this issue with over 60 social workers and counselors providing prevention and intervention services to children and adults. Over the last 10 years Arpan has reached out to over 130,000 children, adolescents and adults directly through its services of prevention and intervention and over 530,000 indirectly through training and capacity building of various stakeholders. Arpan's key project is educating children and adolescents about personal safety in schools so that they can identify and seek help in an unsafe situation. Arpan also empowers teachers, parents with knowledge, attitude and skills to prevent and deal with child sexual abuse. Arpan aspires to reach out to millions of more children and adults to safeguard the innocent and vulnerable children and hopes to scale by building new engagement models with schools, government bodies and other organisations around the country and the world.




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