ISPCAN’s mission is to prevent cruelty to children in every nation, in every form: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, street children, child fatalities, child prostitution, children of war, emotional abuse, and child labor.
Violence against children takes many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and may involve neglect or deprivation. Violence occurs in many settings, including the home, school, community and over the Internet. Similarly, a wide range of perpetrators commit violence against children, such as family members, intimate partners, teachers, neighbours, 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.
Violence. Child labour. Trafficking. Sexual exploitation. Female genital mutilation/cutting. Child marriage. Millions of children worldwide experience the worst kinds of rights violations. Millions more children, not yet victims, are inadequately protected against them.
We are committed to 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 invites you to join forces with its members around the world to protect children in need: their bodies, minds, hearts and rights.
The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, founded in 1977, is the only multidisciplinary international organization that brings together a worldwide cross-section of committed professionals to work toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally.
Learn more in our latest Annual Report – available here.
Connect - Our Global Community
In 1999, ISPCAN launched the Partners Program, establishing affiliations with national child abuse and neglect prevention organizations around the world. The collaboration aims to further the common mission, goals and programs of ISPCAN and its Partners.
The Country Partners program seeks out national, multidisciplinary organizations working in child abuse and neglect (CAN) prevention, with a special focus on groups in developing countries. We believe that effective and sustainable CAN prevention is achieved through education and professional cooperation. By sharing experiences, research, and resources, ISPCAN hopes to augment individual, regional, and national efforts to end child maltreatment.
Regional Resource Centers
Over the years, ISPCAN has responded to the needs expressed by its regional partners with the goal of developing and disseminating culturally appropriate/multilingual training materials and curricula. ISPCAN has established regional resource centers in four major regions of the world to help us bring additional bandwidth and to the regional needs and make information more accessible to our members in these areas.
Should you wish to learn more about ISPCAN Global community please click here to see ISPCAN Global Map.