The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect

ISPCAN is a global membership organization for anyone working or interested in the protection of child rights. Wherever children live, learn and play under the care of adults are opportunities for intervention and prevention. We equip multidisciplinary professionals with tools and resources to build better systems of care, improving quality of life for children in every region of the world.
Become a member today in order to connect with like-minded professionals, continue learning and advance your career all on a global platform.

Empowering Children for Personal Safety

Listen to this informative panel discussion introducing resources for practitioners, educators, caregivers and children on preventing Child Sexual Abuse from our ISPCAN Country Partner ARPAN in India

Abstracts Due March 31
Abstract Review: April 1-April 30
Author Notification: May 1
Registration Required by: May 30
Program Finalized: June 15

We are currently developing a framework to use in low-resourced environments that will provide practical guidance on building a collaborative response to CSA. We know an interdisciplinary response works best for the child and the professionals.  But why is it so rarely in place in many communities?  Even without money to create fully functioning Child Advocacy Centers, promising and best practices can help improve care.

By collaborating across sectors, we can make care for traumatized children more impactful, cost-effective, and child-focused, ensuring better outcomes.

Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal Special Issue on The Rise of Economic Inequality & Its Consequences for Child Protection

Background: Rising economic inequality is one of the defining features of our time. Considering the vast amount of social science devoted to understanding the causes and consequences of rising economic inequality, it is surprising that so little research has considered the extent to which economic inequality shapes child maltreatment. This special issue on the rise of economic inequality and its consequences for child protection aims to address this gap with 8 scholarly papers.

Research Objectives: While focusing on inequality and its association with child maltreatment, studies in the special issue apply an increased level of methodological rigor by including some dimension of time or longitudinal design. Further, the unit of analysis varies across the papers with three major types of studies:

(1) Individuals, caregivers and families
(2) County level data
(3) Cross-level interactions between children and family caregivers within their environment.

Together, they offer a multilayered perspective on the processes that underlie the relationship between rising economic inequality and child maltreatment.