ISPCAN July 2018 Newsletter
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Call for Abstracts Open Through July 14 for Authors from ALL REGIONS
ISPCAN Caribbean Conference
December 2-5, 2018
July 14 Deadline quickly approaching!  Authors working in all regions are invited to submit abstracts for the Caribbean Conference. Share your international expertise; research findings; social, government and policy advancements; and innovative interventions, proven treatment, and best practice solutions for Child Protection with child abuse and neglect prevention leaders and advocates from the Caribbean and beyond.  

Join inspiring expert keynote speakers, including Dr. Leith L. Dunn, Joan Durrant, Alessandra C. Guedes, Dr. Diahann Gordon Harrison, Julie Mansfield, Maureen Samms-Vaughan, and Jacqueline Sealy-Burke, at the all-inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort, where food, drink, beaches, and ocean-side amenities are all included in the registration package! Collaborate with regional colleagues and international experts on multidisciplinary, inter-agency approaches to the preventio
n and treatment of child abuse and neglect while enjoying the sunshine and warm Caribbean hospitality. 

Please join us as we focus on topics related to Child Protection Realities Within a Changing Caribbean and World, including:
  • Juvenile justice
  • Innovative therapy and support
  • Human trafficking and sex tourism
  • Public health prevention campaigns
  • Impact of child abuse and violence on development
  • Systems of professionalism and accountability within the Child Protection sector
Submit by July 14
Apply - Register
September 2-5, 2018
July 15th Deadline quickly approaching!  Apply by July 15 for $500 Congress Scholarships (applicants must be ISPCAN members and Congress presenters) and join over 1,000 experts from multiple disciplines to protect children from abuse and neglect at our XXII Congress in Prague.   
  • Engage in innovative and interactive pre-conference workshops, including Countries in Transition Forum  and I.N.S.P.I.R.E Master ClassWorkshop space is limited, register today.  
  • Be inspired by world-renowned Keynote Speakers including Asher Ben-Arieh, Esther Deblinger, Ruth Gilbert, Etienne Krug, Marta Santos Pais, Kateřina Šimáčková, Howard Dubowitz, and Renate Winter.
  • Collaborate with peers from more than 70 countries during the prestigious scientific program. 
  • Reunite with friends and network with colleagues as you enjoy the wonder of Prague. 
  • Build a legacy to create a future free from child abuse and neglect.  

Daniela Simboteanu of the National Center for Child Abuse Prevention (NCCAP) recently invited ISPCAN to present a mini-conference in Moldova. ISPCAN Councilors Figen Sahin Dagli (right) and Jenny Gray joined in person and via Skype to lead an interactive two-day session. Attendees, including professionals from local public authorities, NGOs, and universities, shared their valuable take-ways including networking, face-to-face interaction, international perspectives and contributions, and the strong connections made while sharing challenges, best practices, and effective solutions. Attendees appreciated collaborating with ISPCAN Councilors and learning more about ISPCAN's mission and resources.  

Co-hosting a mini-conference is free for ISPCAN members and an effective way to bring targeted, affordable training to your region. Simply choose a topic, find a donated space for 50-100 attendees and funds to cover travel and accommodations for an ISPCAN expert, and we take care of the rest. CLICK HERE for more information and to submit an Expression of Interest.

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The first Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit, held in Stockholm February 14-15, 2018, convened leaders from government, the United Nations, civil society, and the private sector to focus on one goal: ending all violence against children by 2030. 

The Summit ushered in a new approach, centered on building political will and sharing challenges and success as well as solutions from around the world, as Pathfinding Countries move toward accelerating action. #EndViolence supports these countries as they actively implement the seven evidence-based INSPIRE strategies for protecting children against violence as part of their commitment to meet the sustainable development goals set forth by the United Nations. In addition, countries involved in the
WePROTECT campaign to end sexual exploitation of children online shared their Model National Response to online violence.

ISPCAN shared its expertise as a 40-year global leader in child protection. Bernard Gerbaka, ISPCAN President and Board Member of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, presented on the importance of data in child protection programs and in strengthening the INSPIRE strategies, remarking, "Professionals and decision-makers around the world are not well aware of INSPIRE strategies; it is therefore our duty, globally, in regions and at country levels, to promote and strengthen the Global Partnership. The stronger it is, the better it is for children."

Positive Parenting
July 23 10:00 a.m. MDT
ISPCAN Past President and current Councilor Jenny Gray will present a webinar July 23 focused on the importance of positive parenting in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. She will explore the relevance to practice of findings from an international study by ISPCAN on promoting positive parenting as well as identify practical ways of improving parenting practice to achieve positive outcomes for children. 
Ms. Gray, OBE, trained as a social worker in New Zealand and has been in children’s services social work, management and policy development since 1979. She joined the Department of Health, England in 1991 and led the development of new inspection methodologies. In 1995, Jenny was appointed as the professional adviser to the British government on safeguarding children. Jenny held this post until September 2012; since then, she has been a social work consultant.

Webinars are FREE for ISPCAN members and $20 for non-members. 
Collect ICAST data on your mobile device
ISPCAN's Child Abuse Screening Tools (ICAST) are now available for use on iPhones or tablets, making data collection and analysis easier for CAN professionals wherever they are working.
With the generous support of the Canadian government, we have developed three ICAST data entry forms on Epi Info, a free app offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that allows investigators to build forms and analyze data in a number of languages, including English, Arabic, French, Georgian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. A new ICAST manual explains the data entry system and directs users to guides on how to conduct analyses of their data. Read more on the ISPCAN website.

For ISPCAN Members, we want to do more to bring value to your membership!  
We continue to strive to provide publications, Congresses, professional training events and world wide activities and resources to best support YOU.  Your feedback is critical in helping us continue to evolve towards our goal of bringing the highest possible value to you, our members.    To achieve this goal, we would like to get feedback from all current ISPCAN Members.  


Please take 15 minutes to fill out our 2018 ISPCAN Member Survey by Monday July 23rd and you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE one year ISPCAN Membership!  
Winner will be announced July 31.

Member Survey

Once you know about abuse, you can't un-know. Some days are hard, and there will be more hard days ahead — so we need a plan to keep going.  We love changing the world and our belief that there is room to act is the basis for our hope.   *Thorn Website

Keep in mind what you value:  Anchoring ourselves in the values that drive us, keeps us grounded despite the difficult realities we encounter. Remind yourself and your friends why you care, and use that value to give your strength.

We are all impacted differently:  Your life experiences will inform how you respond when you witness or hear about abuse. As you learn more about yourself and the world, actively reflect on how it has affected you.

Talking about it is tough:  When difficult thoughts and emotions arise, connect with others. Feelings need to be addressed, and connecting with those who feel similarly can help process and reduce stress.

Sometimes we can’t spend four hours making dinner. In fact, sometimes we can’t spend two hours making dinner. Along those lines, sometimes we can’t spend one hour making dinner! On the most challenging nights, French Bread Pizza is a great option.

The wonderful thing about French Bread Pizza is that you do not even need to use French bread, any small baguettes or crusty sandwich rolls are a great option. Simply slice the rolls and add whatever sauce you would like paired with any toppings that you enjoy! These can range from simple kid friendly options to artful gourmet versions that you will love. Create as many different flavor options that you would like on the same baking sheet to enjoy a meal full of flavorful variety. Place the pizzas in the oven on the lowest rack at 375 degree first, to give the bread a chance to get a little crisp without cooking the toppings too much. After about 8-10 minutes, turn up the heat to 425 degrees and move them to the top rack for a couple of minutes.  Remove from oven, serve while hot, relax and enjoy!  

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