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Guidance for the Submission of Abstracts

The committee of the XXIst ISPCAN International Congress 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 cannot guarantee that there will be 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 Calgary, Canada in August, 2016.


1.   Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 February 2016. 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 January 2016. Authors may submit more than one abstract, but, subject to programme space, only one may be accepted by the reviewing panel.


3.   We are inviting abstracts that examine the following priority areas.  Submissions are invited that address epidemiology, outcomes, evidence-informed practice, and sharing the voices and experiences of children and youth. Submissions that are culturally and ethically relevant relative to a global context are particularly invited.  We encourage submissions related to research, program initiatives, and policy. 


Aboriginal and indigenous population considerations including but not limited to:

·       community resilience

·       indigenous knowledge


Addressing the needs of children in out of home placement including but not limited to:

·       kinship care

·       aging out of child protective services care and transitioning to adulthood


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

·       impacts of maltreatment on brain development


Children in Crisis including but not limited to:

  • natural disasters
  • war and terrorism
  • street children and youth
  • child-headed households
  • child marriage
  • migration


Family issues and interventions including but not limited to:

·       support

·       interventions across generations

·       responding to families experiencing mental health, substance abuse and/or domestic violence

·       high-conflict divorce/post-divorce violence


Human trafficking and criminal exploitation of children including but not limited to:

·       recognition

·       prevention

·       intervention

·       therapeutic approaches

·       sexual and labor exploitation


Innovative interventions including but not limited to:

·       early intervention for optimal development

·       resilience

·       transition to adulthood challenges and opportunities

·       sustainable development goals (SDGs) relative to the best interests of the child: considerations related to child abuse, child labor, etc.

·       mediation and conflict resolution strategies to improve outcomes

·       child participation and engagement

·       addressing the needs of children with behavior problems, bullying, child to child sexual acting out


Medical evaluation including but not limited to:

·       suspected physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and child death

·       developing a health response to suspected child abuse and neglect


Mental health including but not limited to:

·       evaluation and treatment

·       attachment

·       child suicide and self-mutilation

·       developing a trauma informed workforce

·       knowledge translation of evidence-based practices


Prevention including but not limited to:

·       creating a culture of non-violence

·       international issues

·       innovative strategies

·       initiatives across a life span

·       community engagement

·       public-private partnerships


Social determinants of health including but not limited to:

·       poverty

·       migration

·       ethnicity

·       disabilities


Systems and workforce related responses to allegations of abuse and neglect including but not limited to:

·       investigation, court processes

·       policy

·       child protective systems responses

·       clinical-based systems responses

·       sustainability of service providing agencies and programs, capacity building

·       technology and protocol development

·       training and development

·       self-care, safety issues

·       engaging governmental stakeholders relative to proactive policies and resource development

·       strategic development, planning for future organizational growth


Technology as an instrument for good and bad including but not limited to:

·       use of digital media and the internet to disseminate prevention strategies

·       risks of the internet, online predators, sexting, exposure to pornography, etc.

·       working with internet providers and the media to reduce online risks

·       media as a prevention tool



·       topical areas that do not fit one of the above categories 

English is the official language of the Congress and all abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.


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 March 2016.


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 2016. 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 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 60 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 60 to 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 Japanese Rural Village where ‘Protecting Children in our Communities’ is the title of the Symposium and ‘Results from a Japanese 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.


9.   By submitting an abstract the author(s) are agreeing to publication of the abstract in the congress abstract book and posting of such book to the website after the congress.  It is understand that they are not relinquishing copy right to the Congress or ISPCAN.

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