Ethical Considerations for Data Collection  (download resource guide)

The comprehensive resource guide set developed in 2013 includes:

  • Part I: Data Collection and Monitoring Systems
  • Part II: Building and Improving Child Protection Systems

Presentation slides on data collection resource guide

(free to members)



The purpose of the ISPCAN Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection (ISPCAN-WGCMDC) is to develop areas of common interest for organizations and individuals who are actively working with child maltreatment data collection programs directly sponsored by governmental entities, which are sustained, and intended to be long term.

In addition to countries that have implemented child maltreatment data systems, countries which are involved in planning and developing such systems are invited to participate as well.

As nations address the problem of abused and neglected children and adolescents, comprehensive data on this social problem are essential for planning, funding, and intervening in effective ways. A global perspective on these data is ultimately needed to understand the scale of the problem that the intervention community is addressing, the gaps in those systems, their successes and challenges, and to identify trends in all these areas.


Because the working group is newly established, the development of goals is still in process. The following goal statements comprise initial thinking regarding what the working group may be able to accomplish:

  1. Engage countries and participants with existing or planned data programs in order to expand the international community of interest.
  2. Help develop and promote the goals of national child maltreatment data collection through the ongoing support of informational exchange activities such as presentations, workshops, pre-sessions, and post-sessions on the topic at various forums and conferences.
  3. Promote the utilization of data on child maltreatment intervention to inform policy development at national and international levels.
  4. Help promote a broader process of development of national data collection programs either through efforts that support the improvement of such systems or the creation of new systems.
  5. Provide professional assistance to developing nations in creating and sustaining appropriate data collection programs through the collaborative efforts of the working group.