ISPCAN 1st Caribbean Regional Conference – Author Guidelines 2018-09-03T14:26:37-06:00

Author Information


Theme:  Child Protection Realities Within A Changing Caribbean and World

Topic 1 – Juvenile Justice

Describe challenges and innovations regarding child appropriate justice, including processes for the management of court proceedings involving child victims and/or witnesses to prevent the violations of the rights of children and to respect their unique vulnerabilities. Define current investigative practices of law enforcement responding to situations involving child victims who must report matters to them.  Recommend ways to equip judicial systems and law enforcement professionals to meet the unique needs of children in conflict with the law and children with disabilities who must interface with the justice sector.  Examine the emergence of adoption and surrogacy in the Caribbean in the absence of surrogacy laws.  Explore the broad applicability of justice for children in these unique circumstances and how such cases are processed from a child rights perspective.

Topic 2: Impact of Child Abuse and Violence on Development

Identify adverse childhood experiences such as corporal punishment, bullying and gang violence occurring within homes, schools and communities within the Caribbean and around the world.  Describe the impact on development through adulthood and present viable solutions for prevention, response and treatment.

Topic 3: Systems of Professionalism and Accountability Within the Child Protection Sector

Present effective accountability policy and practice for professionals in the child protection sector.   Describe how these systems implement checks and balance, maintain viability and overcome challenges to ensure children are properly protected, nurtured and treated.

Topic 4: Human Trafficking and Sex Tourism

Describe the landscape of child trafficking and sex tourism within the Caribbean, including forms of abuse, pervasiveness, impact and strategies to remedy the problem.  Utilize unique perspectives and case studies to highlight success recognizing, preventing and treating the adverse effects of child trafficking and sex tourism.

Topic 5: Innovative Therapy and Support

Share proven psycho-social strategies used by psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, parenting experts and survivors to build resilience move toward recovery. Recommend play and/or art therapy, music, life coaching and other strategies and interventions for assisting children experiencing abuse and neglect such as street children, children within high-conflict divorce and children navigating loss and grief.

Topic 6: Public Health Prevention Campaigns

Discuss public education, messaging and social media campaigns and strategies designed to promote healthy practices to positively impact children within the Caribbean.


While the committee of the ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect has made every effort to keep Registration Fees as low as possible, and a much discounted fee is available for delegates from Developing Countries, unfortunately, we are not in a position to fund speaker conference attendance. 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 Montego Bay, Jamaica in December 2018.

1. Abstract Submission Deadline: July 20, 2018.  Abstracts submitted between July 20, 2018 and November 23, 2018 will be considered for poster presentations only.  Abstract submissions received after November 23, 2018 will not be considered for the program.

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 July 20, 2018. Authors may submit more than one abstract, but, subject to program space, only one may be accepted by the reviewing panel.

3. Invited submissions 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, best practices and policy.

4.  We realize that not all papers will fit easily into one of the topic areas above. If you do not believe your paper fits into one of those categories, you are encouraged to submit it under the ‘Other’ topic area.

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

6. When submitting the abstract, please choose one corresponding author to 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 to all the other authors listed on the abstract.

7.  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 August 15, 2018.

8. 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 have a paid registration for the Conference by September 1, 2018. Failure to have a paid registration will result in the abstract being excluded from the Conference Program.

9. All abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review by 2 members of the Conference Scientific Committee.

10. All presenting authors are required to have downloaded a copy of their presentation in a pdf format by November 1, 2018.

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


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.

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 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.

Multimedia Presentation

The time allocated for a multi-media presentation (documentary, survivor film etc.) is 60 minutes.  The session organizer is expected to provide an overview of the multi-media presentation and the theme to be discussed by the session participants. A summary of a whole session is submitted. If you are proposing specific discussants, they need to be mentioned within the abstract text.


A symposium is a session lasting 90 minutes, including four to five papers that address a common theme and at least four Presenting Authors with one Corresponding Author.

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 each presenting author must register for the conference for their papers to be accepted.


The abstract selection process is extremely competitive and many more highly qualified abstracts then available slots will be received.  In order to ensure the highest scientific standards, ISPCAN always 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:

  • Technical Merit
  • Readability
  • Data Supported Methodology
  • Innovation or Advancement in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Scores are averaged for all four categories which are then weighted equally.  Abstracts are selected based on their final score.  The highest scoring abstracts tend to be exceptionally strong in the categories of  “Data Supported Methodology” and “Innovation or Advancement in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention”, which means how new this information is,  or if it has already been well known and presented before.


Abstract submission deadline : July 20, 2018.

Poster Abstracts accepted until : November 23

Author/Presenter Deadline to register: September 15

To accept and guarantee placement in the scientific program, all authors/presenters are required to complete conference registration and provide payment in full by September 15, 2018.

Early Bird Registration closes October 1