Edinburgh Congress

September 24-27, 2023

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 2023 ISPCAN Congress, which will take place in person in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland on September 24-27, 2023. You can attend to listen and learn, network, or you can be an author or speaker if you want to share the work you are doing in your sector.  To be a speaker, you must be selected through the abstract process.

ISPCAN will be partnering with the newly established Childlight, Global Child Safety Institute within the University of Edinburgh, whose mission is to gather and visualize the global prevalence and nature of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Using this data and research to inform policy and drive long-term coordinated action to safeguard children. 

Police Scotland is also excited to be a patron for this congress. As a service they have embedded children’s rights at the heart of policing, and we look forward to engaging with practitioners and subject-matter experts in this field. Police Scotland’s aim is to help children, young people, and those who care for them – an approach that is 

currently being undertaken as part of our ‘Getting It Right For Every Child” strategy – and they continue to work in partnership with local health services, schools and other specialists within local authorities to deliver on these objectives.

Now more than ever it is critical that we collaborate to use data-led approaches more effectively, to deliver better child-centered outcomes for children and families, and to reduce secondary vicarious trauma for our front-line professionals. Paired with the launch of this new center, we hope the congress will bring an additional spotlight on the role of the front line practitioners like law enforcement in helping us understand what is working.

Children are our most precious resource and it is our duty to protect child rights. The theme of the congress embodies our ambition to better understand the most effective approaches for addressing adverse childhood experiences through prevention, treatment, research, policy and collaboration.  Every country and sector has much to share so we can advance the field.


We hope you will accept the invitation to meet and learn in the company of the key global practitioners and stakeholders in the field of child protection, while enjoying this historic and scenic city of Edinburgh in September.

Warm regards,

Paul Stanfield

Executive Director, Childlight Global Safety Institute

Pragathi Tummala

Executive Director & CEO

Advancements in Data and Solutions for Tackling Child Abuse

Understanding the prevalence and nature of child abuse: how it is changing, new trends, and post COVID-19 Fallout

Advancements in law enforcement and legal systems for responding to and preventing child abuse and neglect

Research and practice highlighting the online-offline continuum of CSEA and other forms of child abuse and neglect

Collaborative approaches to child protection to reduce child trauma and improve outcomes for children and families

Programs and Practice that Work for Preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect across sectors

Who Attends ISPCAN Congresses?

If you work in child protection, from any sector or do research then this congress is for you. Attend or present your work, it is up to you how you engage. ISPCAN brings together all disciplines, regions and marries research with practice so we can all learn.

Law, Medicine, social work, psychology, law enforcement, education, research, public health, NGO, government, sport organizations, religious organizations, and any others that work in child protection. We want you to be part of the discussions and solutions. 

Delegates from over 60 countries, twenty international partners, and 50% from outside the host region attend ISPCAN Congresses.  We thank our loyal members and welcome our new members to the ISPCAN Community of Learning.


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