Working Group on Data Collection and ICAST2021-06-28T12:08:29-06:00

Working Group on



Since ISPCAN’s 1996 International Congress in Dublin, a small but growing group of members has, at each subsequent Congress, organized a collective session on national child maltreatment data collection efforts.

The primary objective of these sessions is to identify and share the key methodological approaches and findings and to explore areas of difference and comparability. The secondary objective is to develop a network of professional researchers who are involved in developing systematic national data collection programs. A further objective is to analyze data trends at national and international levels to inform policy development. The group seeks to include participants from a range of countries in order to represent a broad diversity of cultures, approaches to service delivery, languages, methodologies, and comparative data.

ISPCAN members as well as nonmembers interested in Data Collection and ICAST are encouraged to participate by subscribing to this page, starting a conversation or posting resources in the Forum below, or submitting a blog post. We welcome participants from all disciplines and with varied experiences.

Convener: John Fluke, ISPCAN Councilor

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Key Resources/Research

2511, 2019

Voices of Children and Young People: Child Helpline Data for 2017 & 2018

On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and World Children’s Day, we are delighted to inform you about the publication of a brand new Child Helpline International report.

Voices of Children and Young People: Child Helpline Data for 2017 & 2018 is an aggregation of all of the data collected by our network of child helplines over two consecutive years. The figures provide a reliable picture of the problems children are facing in their lives – by region and globally – and the reasons they are reaching out to child helplines for information and support. The child helplines who participated in our analysis are receiving, on average, in excess of 13 million calls a year, with more than 3 million of these calls each year coming from children and young people directly seeking help, advice and counselling. Our report, therefore, turns these many millions of reports and stories into one big picture of where in the world children and young people are facing injustice, abuse and danger.

A key finding of the report is the high prevalence of contacts from children and young people related not only to abuse and violence, but also to mental health issues. While there is a lot of variation from region to region as to why contacts are being made, these two issues appear to be of global importance.

Major Data Sources available for this Topic

National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) Child File Website

U.S. injury database:

VEGA Project:

University of Toronto child welfare checklists:

TARN (The Trauma Audit and Research Network) report on Severe Injury in Children:

TARN – UK enquiries for injury database:

Other US databases related injury from the CDC can be found here-hospital discharge data, ED data, cost and utilization data:

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