|Regional Resource Centers|
Over the years, ISPCAN has responded to the needs expressed by its regional partners with the goal of developing and disseminating culturally appropriate/multilingual training materials and curricula. To address these needs, ISPCAN has established regional resource centers in four major regions of the world where we have partners to help us bring additional bandwidth to the regional needs and make information more accessible to our members in these areas.
Many regions of the world have unique cultural and religious practices, as well as language barriers which require resources to be translated. Our goal is to reduce the isolation and lack of resources in remote regions, as well as increase the knowledge around culturally sensitive issues that impact child maltreatment. While the resources are primarily online, some paper brochures and pamphlets are available.
We partner with ChildLine in South Africa, and CeVioF (Centro de violencia Familiar) through its project PROCAPI (Proyecto de Capacitación en Temas de Maltrato y Abuso Infantil), and University of Patagonia, San Juan Bosco to develop and maintain the Africa and South American Regional Resource Centers. In the Arab region, we are working with the National Family Safety Program in Riyadh, while in the Asian region, we partner with the Indian Council for Child Welfare based in Chennai. ISPCAN's secretariat in the United States acts as a Regional Resource Center for North America and internationally.
Each of the Regional Resource Centers have: multidisciplinary training materials for child protection professionals, evaluation tools, outreach materials, data studies and literature, and other child protection information. The Regional Resource Centers are still works in progress, and as funding is made available, the goal is to continue to build out the resource centers and perhaps establish additional centers in additional regions of the world.