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.

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.

We need to hear from you to create an informed and practical framework!  Your expertise will allow us to learn more about the successes and challenges in responding to CSA across the globe.

We are looking for your honest feedback via a 10-15 minute survey to be completed by March 1, 2023.  

We hope you will significantly benefit from this road map and share your piece of the puzzle. Together we can find effective solutions!


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.