Pre-Conference Sessions

*ALL Pre-Conference sessions will be held at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.  The address is 120 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

 

Globalchild – Friday, August 26

GlobalChild is a comprehensive child rights global monitoring platform that will augment the ability of signatory states to comply with their obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC). GlobalChild, an initiative of the University of Victoria, is under the leadership of Dr. Ziba Vaghri in collaboration with 7 universities across Canada. View more details.

Youth Forum – Saturday, August 27

This program is by invitation only and will allow youth from different countries to spend an entire day together. For those unable to attend, we exploring an option for remote access through technology  to maximize the number of young people participating around the world. View more details.

Countries in Transition Forum – Saturday, August 27

The Countries in Transition Forum is designed to enable delegates from countries currently developing child protection and child welfare systems to meet and share their experiences with other experts in the field of child abuse and neglect. The format is highly interactive. This is a full-day program and includes lunch.

We hope that those attending the Countries in Transition Forum will also attend the Master Class the following day, Sunday, August 28th. View more details.

Master Class – Sunday, August 28

The purpose of the Master Class program is to provide an opportunity to spend a day with leaders in the field of child abuse and neglect, to hear their extensive and seasoned experience on a spectrum of topical areas, to gain knowledge that will improve practice for clinicians and to assist in formulating and implementing best practices.  The format of this Master Class allows for an opportunity to interact with the presenters in a formal and informal manner enriching the day’s experience. This class is a 6-hour event that takes place on Sunday before the opening ceremony and includes lunch. View more details.

Community of Practice for the Study of Child Deaths – Sunday, August 28

This meeting is free and open to all conference delegates and does not require pre-registration.  This meeting is designed to bring together individuals with an interest in studying child deaths and near fatal maltreatment from the perspective of policy makers, practitioners and researchers. This working group is designed to:

  • share current work
  • explore new ideas about the process of child death review
  • discuss how the learning from reviews into the death or near fatal injury to a child can inform policy and practice
  • develop collaborations for future work

We hope you will join us on Sunday, August 28 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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The ISPCAN Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection – Sunday, August 28

This meeting is free and open to all conference delegates and does not require pre-registration.  If you are working in data collection or would simply like more information on what is happening in this area around the world, please feel free to join us.

The purpose of the ISPCAN Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection is to develop areas of common interest for organizations and individuals who are actively working with child maltreatment data collection programs directly sponsored by governmental entities, which are sustained, and intended to be long term. In addition to countries that have implemented child maltreatment data systems, countries which are involved in planning and developing such systems are invited to participate as well.

As nations address the problem of abused and neglected children and adolescents, comprehensive data on this social problem are essential for planning, funding, and intervening in effective ways. A global perspective on this data is ultimately needed to understand the scale of the problem that the intervention community is addressing the gaps in those systems, their successes and challenges and to identify trends in all these areas. View more details.

The ISPCAN Child Abuse Screening Tool (ICAST) – Sunday, August 28

This meeting is free and open to all conference delegates and does not require pre-registration.  If you are working in data collection or would simply like more information on what is happening in this area around the world, please feel free to join us.

12:30 – 3:00pm

The ISPCAN Child Abuse Screening Tool (ICAST) has successfully served as a common instrument worldwide to enable systematic collection and comparison of data across cultures, time or between research groups for collecting data on the extent and depth of child abuse. ICAST has been translated and validated into at least 20 languages.  Participants in this meeting will have the opportunity to review the changes in the ICAST and see a summary of some of the work that has been done with these instruments.  Participants who have completed ICAST studies are encouraged to share their experiences.  We will have a discussion regarding cultural adaption and appropriateness of the ICAST instruments and questions in different countries.  Anyone interested in data collection and the ICAST instrument is invited to attend. View more details.