ISPCAN European International Congress

Date: September 24, 2023 - September 27, 2023
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The 2023 International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN) Congress will take place in Edinburg, Scotland, and be held under the theme Advancements in Data and Solutions for Tackling Child Abuse.

We need data approaches that reflect the opportunities and challenges of our new hyper-digital world and ensure we safeguard children. 

High-value data held by law enforcement can help us understand offender trajectories, case management data from social services can help us further understand risk factors, and child helpline data can help us understand child protection concerns from children’s perspectives. All of these data sources provide additional insights often not captured in traditional survey techniques – they tell us about violence affecting younger children, and children from different population groups not normally included in research and give us data trends over time.

We know better use of data and practice-based learning will drive investment in the sector, shape better use of public services for safeguarding, as well as drive more insights for targeted prevention. We must realise this ambition because children can’t wait.

We are confident that the content and sharing at this congress will provide participants with sound lessons as well as networking opportunities that will connect them to child protection experts and learnings from around the world.