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Guidance for Submission of Abstracts

The committee of the 14th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect would like to inform all potential authors that while every effort has been made to keep Registration Fees as low as possible and a much discounted fee is available for delegates from Developing Countries, unfortunately, we do not have funds available to assist speaker attendance at the conference. As such, all accepted authors must be in a position to secure independent funding to cover registration, travel and accommodation costs to the conference. We look forward to receipt of your abstract and to welcoming you to Bucharest, Romania in September 2015.


1.   Abstract Submission Deadline:  28 February 2015. Abstracts submitted after this date will not be considered.


2.   Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. All submissions should include objectives, method, results and conclusions. Please do not submit an abstract more than once. You can amend your abstract using the online submission system at any point up to the submission deadline of 28 February 2015. Authors may submit more than one abstract, but, subject to programme space, only one may be accepted by the reviewing panel.


3.   The overall theme of the Conference is “Children First! Collaborative and inter-sectorial responses to child abuse, neglect and exploitation”. We have developed a set of topics that we believe expand on that theme. Those submitting abstracts should identify which of these conference topics their submission addresses:

1.     Public Policies, Legal Issues and Legislation for a violence-free environment for children

2.     Professionalism, training and collaborative work for integrated child protection systems

3.     Building resilience in children experiencing violence – a collaborative effort

4.     Early intervention for children at risk – an inter-sectorial approach

5.     Poverty, ethnicity, migration and the response of child welfare

6.     The diagnosis and effects of maltreatment on child development and wellbeing

7.     Internet safety

8.     Other

Please read the topic descriptions at the bottom of the page to help identify where your abstract relates. In order to facilitate the program layout, abstracts may be moved from the original topic area shown to a related topic area.


While all abstracts must be submitted in English we will be offering presenters the opportunity to present in English or Romanian.  You will be asked to identify which language you are planning to present in at the conference as part of the submission process. 


4.   When submitting the abstract, please choose one corresponding author.  This author will be responsible for receiving correspondence. All communications will only be sent to this author at the email address provided.  The corresponding author is responsible for forwarding information onto all the other authors listed on the abstract.


A confirmation email acknowledging the receipt of an abstract will be sent to the author at the email address provided upon successful submission. Presenters will be notified of abstract acceptance or rejection and the form of presentation by email no later than 30 April 2015.


5.   When submitting the abstract, please choose one presenting author. This is the author who will be used to confirm registration. The presenting author may be the same as the corresponding author. Please see instructions in the symposium description below if you are submitting an abstract for consideration within a symposium.  All presenting authors of accepted abstracts are required to register for the Conference by 31 May 2015. Failure to do register will result in the abstract being excluded from the Conference programme.


6.   All abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review by 2 members of the Conference Scientific Committee.


7.   The official conference language is English.



Interactive Poster
A display area will be provided. It is expected that the author will be present at the poster location during the specified presentation time(s) to discuss the contents with the conference participants. Further instructions will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter.

Oral Presentation
The time allocated for oral presentations is 20 minutes (15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion and questions). Free papers will be grouped together in a chaired session.

The length of a workshop is 90 minutes. A workshop is a session involving interactive learning and the dissemination of training and/or skills. Abstracts intended for workshops should indicate how interactive learning will be incorporated into the presentation.

A symposium is a session lasting 90 minutes that includes three to five papers that address a common theme and includes at least three presenting authors. 


Each symposium has a named Corresponding Author to act as chair/convener and who is responsible for identifying the presenting authors to the symposium, ensuring the appropriate abstracts are submitted by those authors and that the presenting authors attend the conference.  The Corresponding Author may also contribute a paper to the symposium. The Corresponding Author is required to provide an overview abstract for the symposium and submit the individual abstracts for the other contributors.   Individual abstracts should be submitted with the title of the symposium listed first, a dash (-), and then the title of the individual paper (For Example:  Protecting Children in our Communities – Results from a Rural Village where ‘Protecting Children in our Communities’ is the title of the Symposium and ‘Results from a Rural Village’ is the title of the abstract/paper). For submission purposes only, the chair/convener should be listed as the Corresponding Author on all abstract submissions. Other authors can be listed as Presenting Authors but all presenting authors must register for the conference for their papers to be accepted.


Authors will be asked to select their preferred presentation format. However, the Conference Scientific Committee reserves the right to make the final determination regarding the presentation format of accepted abstracts and the topic area to which they are assigned.


9.     By submitting an abstract the author(s) are agreeing to publication of the abstract in the conference abstract book and posting of such book to the website after the conference.  It is understood that they are not relinquishing copy right to the Conference or ISPCAN.  The PowerPoint presentations will also be available on the website after the conference unless you designate in the submission process that you do not want your PowerPoint shown.



  • Topic: Public Policies and Legislation for a Violence-Free Environment for Children
    • Subtopic: This topic area looks at what progress has been made towards children’s right to a violence free environment, both legislation and policy, and where this is seen as moving forward. This also extends to the implementation of law and policy and the accountability and responsibility of duty bearers in how they respond to violence against children.  
  • Topic: Professionalism, training and collaborative work for integrated child protection systems
    • Subtopics: The conference is looking for abstracts related to how specialization and/or collaborative inter-sector training is being done. This includes collaboration, management and protection of child maltreatment data.     
  • Topic: Building resilience in children experiencing violence - a collaborative effort
    • Subtopic: Looking at the effectiveness of child care and protection systems in enhancing the coping strategies of child victims of violence.  Additionally, in how resilience is promoted in the social context: families, schools, peer groups and communities.  
  • Topic: Early intervention for children at risk – an inter-sectoral approach.
    • Subtopic: This topic area addresses collaborative approaches for addressing parents and children who are at risk.  
  • Topic: Poverty, ethnicity, migration and the response of child welfare
    • Subtopic: This topic area includes the following subtopics: Poverty and the visibility of violence against children Children’s rights and cultural sensitivity in responding to early/forced marriages Protecting children in migration and minority situations against any form of violence. Cross-border collaboration for protecting children.  
  • Topic: The diagnosis and effects of maltreatment on child development and well-being
    • Subtopic: This topic addresses interdisciplinary research and the life course approach to violence against children, research on the impact of early child abuse and neglect on the brain development of children and the evaluation of the effects of child maltreatment. Papers on the signs and symptoms of child abuse as viewed by various disciplines are also encouraged. 
  • Topic: Internet safety
    • Subtopic: This topic area will focus on how systems strengthening the rule of law and using effective cooperation across sectors in the fight against cyber-crime are seen. In a more positive vein, how are systems promoting safety and awareness to children and teenagers via the internet?  
  • Topic: Other
    • Subtopic: Child welfare practice is broad in its scope and practice and we realize that not all papers will fit easily into one of the topic areas above. If you do not believe your paper fits into one of those categories, you are encouraged to submit it under the ‘Other’ topic area.    

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