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Virtual Issues Discussion
ISPCAN is pleased to host the Virtual Issue Discussion (VID) on "Positive Parenting: Preventing Violence Against Children" to be held 25 March - 1 April 2015.



The purpose of this forum is to continue a discussion among professionals on important issues facing the field of child maltreatment. It is hoped that the VID may stimulate new thinking and offer useful ideas to professionals around the world. The thoughts and ideas will be published in a paper that our colleagues, both locally and globally, will be able to use to better serve children and families.


Accessing the VID:

The current VID takes place in the "Positive Parenting: Preventing Violence Against Children" group.

  1. Log in on our website* (there is a sign in box to the right or a link at the top of the page).
  2. Click "Join Group"  on this webpage:
  3. To post, click "blogs" in the column to the right
  4. Blogs are sorted by region. Click on the one you want to participate in or view.
  5. Click "Add New Post" to start a topic/question OR
  6. Click "Comment on this Post" to comment on a previous post


Access the VID


Questions to consider:

  • How the concept of positive parenting is understood?
  • What constitutes positive parenting?
  • How is positive parenting supported, developed and sustained (at both local and national levels) through evidence based programming? Give examples of evidence based programs and any publications that refer to the evidence base of these.
  •  Are different interventions and programs required at different stages of childhood?
  • In your experience how do your cultural norms and practices have an impact on positive parenting – give some examples
  • What policy initiatives and decisions can be used to support positive parenting? Give examples at local and national levels.
  • How is the evidence base being or been developed in your country?
  •  In your country, what constitutes a “good enough” evidence base for positive parenting?
  • Do you have any evidence to support the hypothesis that positive parenting breaks the cycle of violence, perpetrated by both adults and children, in the long term?

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