Sweden Congress: Scientific Program

August 18-21, 2024

In our evolving global landscape, with unfolding challenges spanning the COVID pandemic, climate crises, economic downturns, to the devastating impacts of armed conflict and war, our collective mission to champion the rights and safety of children becomes increasingly paramount.

ISPCAN Sweden2024 invites the global community of researchers, scholars, and practitioners to collaborate and innovate. Central to our discourse is the imperative of addressing the entrenched issues of racism, colonialism, and bias within child protection and justice systems. Our commitment is not just towards protection but shaping systems that are marked by equity, lived experience, and unwavering respect to ensure that every child thrives.

Emerging multidisciplinary and multi-agency models, such as children’s advocacy centers and barnahus, offer promise and potential. Yet, it is critical to invite discussion of these initiatives with a discerning lens, emphasizing the paramount need for data-driven evaluation and quality improvement. Authentic inclusion of indigenous stakeholders and minority groups further enriches our discourse, championing a holistic, child-centric and trauma-informed approach. Moreover, promoting child and family participation and their voices remains our benchmark, emphasizing the imperative for developing integrated systems that are designed with and for them.

Whether you are at the nexus of on-ground child protection, or contributing transformative research, strategies or policies to enhance the prevention of child maltreatment, whether you live and work in a high or low-resourced community, your role is pivotal. Join us in Uppsala. Together, let’s craft an empowered future, where every child thrives in safety, dignity, and respect.

As scientific co-chairs for the congress, we look forward to welcoming you to Uppsala.

Best regards,

John Fluke

Kempe Center | ISPCAN Board Member

Gabriel Otterman

Barnafrid Center | ISPCAN Board Member

Working Together to Protect Children in Times of Crisis

Epidemiology of child maltreatment

  • Definitions: types and forms of child abuse and neglect, including polyvictimization
  • Epidemiology of technology-facilitated and online maltreatment
  • Epidemiology of disparity
  • The scope of the adolescent mental health crisis
  • Administrative data construction and register linkage
  • Advances in self-reporting prevalence methodologies
  • Using data to enhance or evaluate intervention and prevention strategies
  • Using data to enhance and evaluate community engagement and public awareness
  • Using data to improve and enhance decision making and assessment

Understanding and Mitigating children’s exposure to violence

  • Violence in public places
  • War related exposure
  • Intimate partner violence and honour-based violence
  • Social media related violence and exploitation
  • On-line exploitation and violent imagery
  • Violence in out of home care
  • Violence in sport
  • Innovation in prevention and effective interventions
  • Law enforcement, policing and policy in public places

Quality improvement, implementation of evidence-based policy and practice, and interagency collaboration in child protection

  • Practice as usual; how to promote evidence-based improvement
  • Solutions for times of constrained resources
  • Optimizing outcomes in practice and policy
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Evaluation and program scale up
  • Advances in implementation and data-driven quality improvement
  • Application of learning networks and community engagement
  • Promoting child, family and adult survivor participation

Trauma-informed care in multidisciplinary practice

  • CAC, Barnahus and other models of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Case management, social work and coordination of care
  • International perspectives on trauma-informed care
  • Trauma assessment and screening
  • PTSD prevention strategies
  • Treatment and interventions
  • Cultural competency and diversity

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Child rights and human rights approaches to address the intersection of child maltreatment with structural racism, discrimination, mis/disinformation, colonization, denialism, and bias

  • Minority populations
  • Securing indigenous engagement
  • Migration and refugees
  • Strengthening the roles of women and girls
  • Equity for LGBTQIA+ children and youth
  • Voices of children and families
  • Cultural health, faith, and resilience
  • Policy and law in multi-sectoral training and in practice

Children and youth in out-of-home social care, conflict, displacement, and migration

  • Childhood trauma in conflict, crisis and natural disasters
  • Family reunification and preservation
  • Human trafficking and exploitation
  • Refugee and asylum-seeking youth
  • Unaccompanied minor refugee
  • Aging out of the system, transitional care
  • Children and youth with complicated conditions
  • Education and integration of refugee children

Oral Presentation (15 minutes): The time allocated for each oral presentation is 15 minutes, with 5 minutes reserved for each author in the session for audience discussion and questions.

Workshop (45 minutes): A workshop is a session involving interactive learning and the building of new skills. Abstracts intended for workshops should include skill based learning objectives and describe how interactive learning will be incorporated.

Multimedia Presentation (45 minutes): The author provides an overview of the multimedia presentation, and theme to be discussed by the session participants and facilitates the discussion all during a one hour session. The overview and theme for discussion are required in the abstract submission.

Symposium (90 minutes): A symposium is a topical presentation with 4-5 papers that address a common theme. Each symposia require a minimum attendance of 4 Presenting Authors, who must register and pay in full to be included in the Congress program by the deadline. Each symposium requires a Corresponding Author to act as session chair/convener and who is responsible for keeping time.  

Master Classes (2 hours): Proposed classes must have instructor CV, clear learning objectives, an overview of 2-hour master class, and level of course along with handouts, references, and an interactive/ question & answer period(s). Upload all materials to be reviewed. Please make sure this is complete or they will not be considered.


For abstract support: abstracts+ispcan2024@invajo.com

Abstract Submission Period: Nov. 10, 2023- Jan 31, 2024

Abstract Review: Feb 1-Feb 20 2024

Author Notification: March 1, 2024

Accepted Author Registration Required by: April 15, 2024

Waitlist acceptances: May 1, 2024

Program Finalized: June 15, 2024

The Deadlines

Program Content

3 Full Days of Program

Keynote Speakers

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Pre-Congress Working Group Events

Child Data Collection

Franziska Meinck & Andreas Jud

Data collection, assessments, referrals, country level reviews, child participation, & artificial intelligence

Fujiko Yamada & Vince Palusci

Case study presentations to examine systems responding to unexplained child death investigations.

Child Death Review

Parenting Programs

Cathy Ward & Genevieve H Ronnie

Programs and practice that work for preventing abuse by strengthening parenting programs.

Abbie Newman &

Programs and practice that work for preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect across sectors.

Collaborative Response

Mental Health

Brooks Keeshin, Jessica Griffin & Zlatina Kostova

Building mental health resources, response, prevention and trauma focused care for all.

Led by

Case study presentations to examine bias, racism, and colonialism to find solutions in case management and systems of care.

Minority populations

Extra Free Events during the Congress

Social Networking

Wellness Programs

Welcome Reception