Our heartfelt prayers and sympathy for the bush fires in Australia, the damage and destruction to the animals and people in those affected areas.  Due to this tragedy we have extended the deadline for abstracts until the end of February. 

We are sending our positive energy and best wishes for strength and resilience to the people of Australia, our dear partners and members.

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Abstract Submissions:

December 6th- February 29


Abstract Themes

Child sexual abuse, Trafficking, and Exploitation

This sub-theme considers new developments in preventing, identifying and responding to child sexual abuse, abuse in institutions, child trafficking and exploitation, and problematic or harmful sexual behaviors displayed by children along with the impacts of the internet and online communications platforms on these issues.

New issues, insights and evidence-based responses in Child Protection and out of home care

This sub-theme considers new evidence, insights, and challenges in statutory child protection responses and out of home care, this may include epidemiological data, research using administrative or linked data, practice issues and challenges, evaluation of new programs and practices, understanding and improvements in risk assessment, screening and referral pathways, including mandatory reporting and consumer perspectives.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Complex Developmental Trauma

Research into adverse childhood experiences, including studies utilizing the ACEs. the nature and extent of child abuse and neglect, the impacts of abuse, neglect and childhood trauma, and in best practice responses to abuse neglect and trauma. A particular focus of this congress will be on complex or developmental trauma.

The Law, Medical Response, and Multi-disciplinary Systems of Care

Protecting children is everyone’s business. This subtheme considers the cross-sections of child abuse with the law and law enforcement, judicial responses, medical evaluation and treatment, and collaborative systems of care responding to child abuse and neglect. Submissions are welcomed from researchers, policymakers, and practitioners across all disciplines.

New Developments in Child Abuse Prevention and Community Development

This sub-theme considers new developments in child abuse prevention and community development strategies in both developed and developing countries.

Child Abuse Prevention in First Nations Communities

First Nations communities across the world have experienced the adverse effects of colonization and forced removal. We are calling for papers that enrich our understanding of the challenges and needs of protecting First nations children, the protective role that culture can play and that inform culturally competent policy and practice to prevent and respond to child abuse.

Children’s Participation and Child Rights

‘Talk with me, not about me’: Research, policy, and practice about the protection of children from abuse are not complete without the participation of children themselves. This sub-theme considers children’s rights and participation in research, practice, policy, and decision-making that could have potentially life-altering impacts.

Domestic and Family Violence and Children

Domestic, intimate partner and family violence is a pervasive issue that often co-occurs with child abuse and neglect. This sub-theme considers the impact of violence in child protection and the cross-over needs where intimate partner violence occurs within families or co-occurs with abuse or neglect.

Emerging Issues

This sub-theme considers emerging issues. Issues may include but are not limited to, the impacts of technology and the unique experiences of children who live in developing countries or are exposed to war and the related diaspora.


1. Abstracts should be 350 words or less. You can return to the system to edit until you “Submit”. Data or methods for both research and practice must be shared. Key takeaways for audience must be included.

2. Required elements for RESEARCH based abstracts:

  • Objectives
  • Method
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • List of 3-4 takeaway points for the audience
  • Citations (if applicable- these will not be part of the word count)

3. Required Elements for PRACTICE based abstracts:

  • Background/context
  • Program/intervention objective
  • Program activities/services
  • Strengths and challenges (include any outcomes/impact data
  • Outcomes and Evaluation
  • Next steps/ Take aways
  • Citations (if applicable- these will not be part of the word count)

4. Abstracts are to be submitted in English only.

5. When submitting your abstract, please select one Corresponding Author whom will assume responsibility for receiving and responding promptly to all email messages. The Corresponding Author is responsible for forwarding information to all the other authors listed on the abstract.

6. All accepted abstracts require a minimum of one author to complete registration by the published deadline in order to confirm inclusion in the Congress program

7. Symposium must have a minimum of 4 separate Presenting Authors on site and registered.


Authors indicate their preferred presentation format. Based on scores, the Scientific Committee will make the final determination regarding the presentation format of accepted abstracts.  If Authors have multiple abstracts accepted into the program, they are also not guaranteed that ALL of their presentations will be slotted as ISPCAN tries to give authors all one speaking spot for the top scoring paper.  We wish to encourage more authors and give them opportunity to share their work equitably.

Poster Presentation

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 on format will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter. Top 3 posters will be selected for awards at the end of the Congress.

Oral Presentation (15 minutes)

The time allocated for each oral presentation is 15 minutes, with 5 minutes reserved at the end of each talk in each session block for discussion and questions for each author. Each author has a total of 20 minutes.

Workshop (45 minutes + 15 mins question & answer)

A workshop is a session involving interactive learning and the building of new skills. Abstracts intended for workshops should include skill-based learning objectives and MUST describe how interactive learning will be incorporated.

Multimedia Presentation (45 minutes+ 15 mins question & answer)

An overview of the multimedia presentation and theme for discussion are required in the abstract submission. During the session, the author 1) provides an overview of the multimedia presentation, 2) the theme to be discussed by the session participants, 3) shows the multimedia presentation and 4) facilitates the discussion.

Symposium (90 minutes)

A symposium is a topical presentation with 4-5 papers that address a common theme. Each symposium requires a minimum attendance of 4 Presenting Authors, whom must register and pay in full to be included in the Congress program.

Each symposium also requires a Corresponding Author to act as session 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 4 Presenting Authors register, pay in full and attend the conference.

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). 

CORE COURSE (2 hours)

A core course focuses more deeply on a given topic, imparting specific knowledge and skills to participants.  The abstract should include:

  • Clear learning objectives and an explanation of the importance of the topic to the audience (citations included).
  • The type of target audience should be specified, including type of professional and level of ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced).
  • The submission should include a description of the format to be used in the course.
  • Presenter CV’s  2 professional references are required .
  • The course should emphasize case-based learning, and audience participation.
  • Attendees should leave the course with tangible resources in the form of handouts, documents produced during course exercises, or other tools to supplement the learning session.


In order to ensure the highest scientific standards, ISPCAN employs a double blind review of all abstracts. A double blind review utilizes two different reviewers to independently score each abstract without access to the author’s name, country or any other details.

Abstracts are scored on four categories:

1. Technical merit

2. Data supported methodology / evidence based/informed practices

3. Innovation or advancement in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect practice and prevention

4. Three key take aways and /or practical implications. For workshops submissions, please describe interactive learning activities that will be assessed on Relevance, feasibility and clarity of learning objectives.

Scores are averaged for all categories which are then weighted equally. Abstracts are selected based on their final score.

We thank you for your dedication to preventing child abuse and neglect and we look forward to receiving your abstract submission.