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Abstract submission deadline: January 30th, 2020

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Early intervention and prevention

Witnessing violence and special orphans (children who have lost their mothers due to father’s violence)

School-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs

Out of the shadows: child maltreatment data collection

The voice of the child in the child protection system

Current issues and challenges in child abuse and neglect

Intervention and services for migrants

Child protection in sports

New challenges in online child abuse & exploitation


1. Abstracts should be 500 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 geared abstracts:
• Objectives
• Method
• Results
• Conclusions
• List of 3-4 recommendations or takeaway points for the audience
• Citations

3. Required Elements for PRACTICE based abstracts:
• Background/context
• Program mission
• Program activities/services
• Strengths and challenges (include any outcomes/impact data)
• Next steps
• Citations

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 and provide payment in full by the 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.

8. Core courses must have all attachments to be reviewed.  Please make sure this is complete or they will not be considered.


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 one hour 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).  Both types of authors in symposia are able to submit so please follow prompt in the system.

Core Course (2 hours) NEW!
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 learning objectives 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 four 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.