ISPCAN works largely in countries where lack of resources, cultural resistance or political unrest has prevented the establishment of critical child abuse and neglect (CAN) skills development, protection structures and data collection.

The International Training Program of ISPCAN (ITPI) was designed to address these deficits by building CAN organizational capacity and systems through proven methods, expert consultation and a long-term commitment. ITPI projects result in a region’s sustained ability to provide quality basic, advanced and train-the-facilitator professional education; raise community awareness; strengthen multi-sector teamwork; and work toward governmental reforms.

Multidisciplinary Teamwork

Child maltreatment is a complex, endemic problem. It is not possible for one single profession to adequately provide comprehensive services that prevent, protect, and treat affected children. ITPI is grounded in the knowledge that collaboration among multiple stakeholders is the single most effective approach in advancing communities, countries and regions. An effective team includes physical and mental health specialists; social workers and case managers; educators; legal, law enforcement and criminal justice personnel; government officials and media representatives.

ITPI Project Goals

ITPI CAN professional team trainings and initiatives are based on local needs. They are, therefore, context specific. However, there are goals in common with each project.

  • Provide professional skills development to under-resourced rural and urban professionals that increases their knowledge of child maltreatment and of interventions, using best practice basic, advanced and leadership trainings
  • Foster and coordinate networking, mutual support and multidisciplinary project collaboration with other providers that would not be possible otherwise due to distance and expense
  • Increase greater public and cross-sector awareness and education that that positively impacts communities and regions. This includes understanding of risks, exploitation, malnourishment and violence; effective prevention; early detection, increase in reporting, successful case resolution and effective treatment.
  • Establish long-term institutional transformation through consultation on effective advocacy strategies, multidisciplinary collaboration protocols, and the establishment of a replicable professional child protection and care certification program.


ITPI activities result in trained professionals who:

  • Are rigorously trained and have a greater understanding of child abuse prevention across disciplines
  • Will, through professional practice, education, research, advocacy, policy development and/or service provision, contribute to the knowledge base for the prevention of child abuse at the local, regional, national and international level.
  • Proactively and collectively take actions towards prevention of CAN while responding professionally to the children affected.
    ITPI Training Methodology

Educational workshops or seminars include participatory techniques based on adult learning principles. These techniques provide opportunities for active participation, cross-disciplinary sharing of experiences, case studies, visual aids and individual reflection.