ISPCAN: Every year 500 million to 1.5 billion children around the world are affected by some form of violence. Child abuse, neglect and other forms of violence have a lifelong impact on children's physical, emotional and social development. Beyond the harm caused to children, they also undermine families and communities due to the long term negative consequences on physical and mental health, education, employment, and the social environment. Millions more children remain unprotected from abuse and neglect. ISPCAN is committed to eradicating violence against children worldwide by increasing public awareness of all forms of violence against children, developing activities to prevent suc... read more ISPCAN: Every year 500 million to 1.5 billion children around the world are affected by some form of violence. Child abuse, neglect and other forms of violence have a lifelong impact on children's physical, emotional and social development. Beyond the harm caused to children, they also undermine families and communities due to the long term negative consequences on physical and mental health, education, employment, and the social environment. Millions more children remain unprotected from abuse and neglect. ISPCAN is committed to eradicating violence against children worldwide by increasing public awareness of all forms of violence against children, developing activities to prevent such violence, and promoting the rights of children in all regions of the world. ISPCAN's over 1000 members invite you to join forces around the world to protect children in need: their bodies, minds, hearts and rights. Who We Are: ISPCAN is the only membership association of its kind, facilitating a worldwide collaboration of committed professionals from many disciplines to work toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally because children matter. ISPCAN unites over 1000 Child Abuse and Neglect professionals from more than 100 countries to create a diverse and the multi-disciplinary community from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nursing, social work, education, legal, law enforcement, faith communities and government. ISPCAN reaches over 5000 professionals each year dedicated to preventing child abuse, neglect and exploitation. ISPCAN's vision is that all children will live and grow in nurturing, rights-respecting environments, free from abuse, neglect and other forms of violence Our Mission: ISPCAN's mission is to strengthen the work of individuals and organizations to prevent abuse, neglect and other forms of violence against children and to promote the wellbeing of children. ISPCAN is dedicated to preventing cruelty to children in every nation, in every form: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, homeless children, child fatalities, child prostitution, and children of war, emotional abuse, and child labor. By developing activities to prevent such violence, and promoting the rights of children in all regions of the world since 1977, ISPCAN has made a significant impact in the area of child welfare and continues to demonstrate success and commitment in preventing violence against children. We have proven excellence in disseminating academic and clinical research to those in positions to enhance practice and improve policy through publications, convening congresses, organizing culturally appropriate professional training events and participating in world-wide activities to increase the learning community around prevention and treatment strategies. Violence against children takes many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, neglect and deprivation. Violence occurs in many settings; home, school, community and over the Internet. Similarly, a wide range of perpetrators commit violence against children, such as family members, intimate partners, teachers, neighbors, strangers and other children. Such violence not only inflicts harm, pain and humiliation on children; it also kills. All children have the right to protection from violence. Our Goal: ISPCAN's goal is to prevent cruelty to children in every nation, in every form including physical and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, malnourishment and neglect, homeless children, child prostitution and trafficking, children of war and forced migration and child labor. ISPCAN is committed to increasing public awareness of violence against children, developing prevention strategies, and promoting the rights of children in alignment with the UN's Convention of Rights of the Child. For over 40 years ISPCAN has managed projects largely in countries where lack of resources, cultural resistance or political unrest has prevented the establishment of critical professional skills, protection structures and data collection. Major programs include convening international events, coordinating international multi-year skill building and training programs; consulting on data collection, position papers and resolutions; publishing topical journals and reports; and providing and managing interactive Web-based services for professionals protecting children including webinars, world renowned data collection tools, expert trainers and the most current and actionable research. Our Strategic Objectives: ISPCAN's Strategic Objections include: 1. Expand ISPCAN's global reach by broadening, diversifying and sustaining the membership network and build strategic partnerships across all cultures and in every discipline. 2. Develop and deliver training programs and resources as well as generate and disseminate research and best practices in the critical areas of child welfare in every region of the world. 3. Use ISPCAN's expertise to raise awareness and contribute to selected advocacy initiatives to be an agent of change worldwide and to leave a strong and sustainable Legacy in every region of the world to ensure that children are free from abuse and neglect. Our Process: ISPCAN's key goal is to work collaboratively with governments, NGOs and ISPCAN members to increase their capacity to use evidence based approaches to prevent child abuse and neglect (CAN), and to provide therapeutic services for children who have been abused, neglected or exploited. Multi-disciplinary approaches are developed and adapted to be culturally and linguistically appropriate for the children and families served with. Implementation takes full account of the capacity of voluntary and paid staff to provide services within the resources available in their communities. ISPCAN increases the capacity of government ministers, officials and key decision makers to develop legislation and sustainable child protection policies, drawing on the most up to date evidence based research findings, statistics and other types of data on the prevalence and incidence of all forms of abuse and neglect in national populations. ISPCAN assists decision makers in utilizing the latest data, research results and statistics on the prevalence and impact of all forms of abuse and neglect in national populations. Our Resources: The ISPCAN biennial publications of World Perspectives on Child Abuse, articles in ISPCAN's Child Abuse & Neglect: the International Journal and the "Global Study on Violence Against Children" confirm the urgency of developing and disseminating knowledge and skills relating to appropriate and evidence based prevention and management of child abuse, neglect and exploitation. These publications, and particularly the "Global Study on Violence Against Children", clearly documents the global crisis of child abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Global Study notes that violence against children occurs in every country, every region, and every context in which children live, play, learn and work, including the family, educational institutions, communities, and even places of care for children. Multi-disciplinary training resources are made available through webinars, e-learning and other innovative learning platforms. This will result in these materials being more widely available to those working to prevent, manage and treat victims of child abuse, neglect and exploitation.
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