Working Group on Youth Participation2019-07-11T18:43:40-06:00

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ISPCAN’s Working Groups address a wide spectrum child abuse and neglect topics.

The Youth Forum Working Group hosts a youth led Youth Forum at each ISPCAN International Congress.  Youth Forums are for young people 18-25 years of age to address child maltreatment and child protection topics of interest in the region, in a format that they design.  We welcome participants from all countries to join in person at the Congress or virtually.

Convener: Sue Bennett, ISPCAN Councilor; please contact [email protected]



Facts and Stats

Globally in 2014, 1 billion children aged 2–17 years experienced physical, sexual, emotional or multiple types of violence. A quarter of all adults report having been physically abused as children. One in five women and one in 13 men report having been sexually abused as a child.

Child abuse—40 million children below the age of 15 suffer from abuse and neglect. (United Nations Children’s Fund, 2008)

Gang violence—100 percent of cities with populations greater than or equal to 250,000 reported gang activity. (US Department of Justice)

Child labor—246 million children, one in every six children aged 5 to 17, are involved in child labor. (International Labour Organization, 2002)

Child soldiers—UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children under 18 are currently being exploited in over thirty armed conflicts worldwide. While the majority of child soldiers are between the ages of 15 and 18, some are as young as 7 or 8 years of age. (US Department of State, 2005)

Human trafficking—It is estimated that there are 27 million people in the world today who are enslaved. Every year 600,000 to 800,000 persons are trafficked across international borders. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report, 2006)

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ISPCAN Working Group Leaders: Sue Bennett