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Sub-Themes for Abstract Submission

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

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