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Master Class on “Building an evidenced based response to child abuse and neglect”

Sunday, 27 September 2015, 09.00 – 16.00 (registration required):

Protecting children who have been, or are likely to be, abused or neglected requires the delivery of high quality services from a range of competent professionals. The legal context can assist or impede professionals in their aim to ensure all children are safe and well cared for.  The master class will therefore start by considering the strengths and weaknesses of legal systems across Europe. We will then focus on the evidence based and practice informed knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and respond to child abuse and neglect, undertake assessments and, where necessary, investigations when there are concerns about a children’s safety and well-being. The day will move on to applying an research based approach to the design of interventions to prevent child maltreatment, support children who are or may be being abused and their families and bring about the required changes for children to be safe. The presentations will review the different tools and practice materials that can be used to support practitioners when undertaking these processes and, in particular, when working with children and young people. Throughout, the master class will acknowledge the challenges of applying innovative approaches in a context where resources - human and financial - are limited.


The format of the Master Class will encourage interaction and provide opportunities for discussion and networking. Closer to the conference date, participants will be invited to send in specific questions or issues they would like addressed during the day.


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The ISPCAN Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection

Sunday 27 September,  at 9:00am

This meeting is free and open to all conference delegates and does not require pre-registration.

If you are working in data collection or would simply like more information on what is happening in this area around the world, please feel free to join us.


The purpose of the ISPCAN Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection is to develop areas of common interest for organizations and individuals who are actively working with child maltreatment data collection programs directly sponsored by governmental entities, which are sustained, and intended to be long term. In addition to countries that have implemented child maltreatment data systems, countries which are involved in planning and developing such systems are invited to participate as well.


As nations address the problem of abused and neglected children and adolescents, comprehensive data on this social problem are essential for planning, funding, and intervening in effective ways. A global perspective on these data is ultimately needed to understand the scale of the problem that the intervention community is addressing, the gaps in those systems, their successes and challenges, and to identify trends in all these areas. 


Special Forum on the European Refugee Crisis

Monday 28 September, 18:00

The organizing committee will be hosting aforum on the refugee crisis currently taking place in Europe.  This will be held after the regular conference day on Monday, 28 September, at 18:00 in the Grand Ballroom.  This event is open to all interested organizations and professionals and does not require conference registration.


This forum shall focus awareness on the needs of refugee children and the people who support them, as well as of the needs of the organizations involved already in working with refugees, so that professional helpers and volunteers can work to improve the situation of refugee children. The forum aims to put together a statement or/and a list of recommendations for politicians, administrators, professionals and volunteers to collaborate to keep children's lives safe and reduce their sufferings.  In addition to presentations there will be a group discussion so everyone can share questions, ideas and suggestions.


Paediatric Networking Meeting

Wednesday 30 September, 13.30 - 15.30

The organisers of the 14th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Bucharest, Romania, are delighted to invite paediatricians and other health professionals engaged in the clinical care, research, preventive services or health policy aspects of child maltreatment and neglect to join us at a networking meeting. This meeting is free and open to all conference delegates and does not require pre-registration.


The goal of the networking meeting is to create an informal forum where European paediatricians and other front-line professionals working with children at risk can share our wealth of experiences gained from work in our respective health systems at the local, regional and national levels. Together we may explore and identify ways in which we can develop, review and strengthen strategies for paediatric leadership in the identification, treatment and prevention of child maltreatment. We may also explore how we can develop a strategic pathway to a more structured network on child maltreatment paediatrics across Europe.


For more information, please contact:

Gabriel Otterman                               Raisa Lounamaa   


European launch of ECSA toolkit to prevent child sexual abuse

Wednesday 30th September

Lunch from 1.15pm. Workshop 1.30 to 4.30pm


The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is delighted to be launching the ECSA international toolkit to prevent child sexual abuse, at the ISPCAN conference in Bucharest. We are offering a special half-day workshop, free of charge, to colleagues from Eastern Europe who have a strategic responsibility for tackling child  sexual abuse. The purpose of the workshop is to launch a new web-based toolkit, funded by the Oak Foundation, to help organizations design and implement prevention strategies. The Eradicating Child Sexual Abuse (ECSA) project has drawn on experience and examples of evidence-informed interventions from around the world to produce this international resource.


At the workshop you will be guided in the use of the new on-line ECSA toolkit which includes:

·      an overview of different types of sexual abuse;

·       a prevention model and framework targeting different audiences and levels of prevention;

·      over 200 examples of evidence-informed interventions from around the world;

·      a step by step guide to strategy development, with exemplars.


Attendance at the workshop is by invitation or by application. We are able to offer this workshop free of charge, with lunch and refreshments, thanks to the generous support of the Oak Foundation. Help with overnight accommodation costs on the day of the workshop and/or travel  costs may be available, if required.


Download an application form and return to Donald Findlater at Applications must be received by September 6th to secure a place.

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