ISPCAN Training Institute: Core Competency Courses

 

Overview

Understanding the role of the health care professional in the diagnosis
and treatment of suspected child sexual abuse
Martin A. Finkel
    
Monday, 3 September 2018
13:30-15:30
   
Assessing the Impact of Child Abuse/Trauma and Presenting the Assessment Findings
to the Non-offending Caregiver to Enhance Therapy Engagement

     
Esther Deblinger
Elisa Pfeiffer
Cedric Sachser
Monday, 3 September 2018
13:30-15:30
   
Overview of the Implementation of the PRACTICE Components of Trauma-Focused
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with Youth and their Caregivers
Esther Deblinger
Rita Rosner
Monday, 3 September 2018
15:30-17:30
   
The medical evaluation and treatment of the physically abused child:
differentiating inflicted from accidental injuries
   
Tolga Dagli
Figen Şahin Dağlı
Monday, 3 September 2018
15:30-17:30
   
Trends in Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare
  
David Finkelhor
  
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
13:30-15:30
   
Neglected Children and Prevention: Principles for Practice
    
Howard Dubowitz
Rajeev Seth
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
13:30-15:30
   
Judicial Decision-Making: Challenges for the Court and the Legal Advocate
  
  
  
Roberta Ruggiero
Thomas Meysen
Henry J. Plum
  
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
13:30-15:30
  
  
   
Developing and Using Law and Policy to Further Child Protection
  
Joan van Niekerk
Jenny Grey 
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
15:30-17:30
   
Involving child to decision-making process in child protection
   
Radek Ptacek
 
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
15:30-17:30

Details

Understanding the role of the health care professional in the diagnosis and treatment of suspected child sexual abuse

Monday, 3 September 2018 (12:30-14:30)

Abstract

Health care professionals have primarily focused their concerns over the last 35 years on the interpretation of physical findings that are found in less than 5 % of child sexual abuse (CSA) cases. Many clinicians are uncomfortable talking to children about their victimization limiting the ability to understand a child’s alleged experience, lack the skills to conduct a medical examination in a manner that is both diagnostic and therapeutic and are unsure as to how to formulate a defensible diagnosis. This presentation will focus on educating clinicians on the “disease of sexual victimization,” developing their knowledge and practical skills to enhance their comfort when addressing concerns for CSA. The presenter will provide examples of ways to comfortably engage children in conversation to obtain the idiosyncratic details that reflect sexual victimization.

The Topical Areas to be Discussed

  • Understanding sexual victimization of children, the role of the health care professional in recognition of and response to alleged CSA
  • Talking to children in developmentally appropriate ways to understand alleged experiences
  • The how two’s of preparing children for and conducting the medical examination when CSA is suspected
  • Interpreting medical examination findings and integrating those finding with medical histories in a manner that is objective and defensible
  • Common clinical case scenarios that reflect the spectrum of histories and diagnostic findings
  • Formulating a comprehensive diagnostic assessment that integrates medical history and physical findings and addresses discrepancies between histories and findings.
  • The importance of collaboration with child protection, law enforcement and mental health.
  • How to integrate primary prevention of child sexual abuse into clinical care.
  • Recommendation’s for mental health therapeutic interventions

Learning Objectives

  1. The participant will learn the core elements of conducting a medical examination of the alleged child sexual abuse victim in a manner that’s therapeutic and diagnostic.
  2. The participant will learn how to obtain medical histories from children alleged to experience sexual abuse and how that history reflects the most available form of evidence in these cases.
  3. The participant will see examples of how to formulate an objective and balanced diagnostic assessment.

Bio Sketch

Martin A. Finkel, DO, F.A.A.P., is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director and co-founder of the Child Abuse Research Education & Service (CARES) Institute at Rowan University. Dr. Finkel was instrumental in developing New Jersey’s statewide network of child abuse diagnostic and treatment centers, the first legislatively created state system of regional centers in the United States. These centers of excellence provide services for sexually and physically abused children and educate professionals within the medical, child protection, law enforcement and mental health communities on the evaluation of the child victim. He has published numerous peer reviewed papers and book chapters. His textbook Medical Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child: A practical guide, 3rd ed. published by the American Academy of Pediatrics has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Pakistani. Dr. Finkel is an internationally recognized authority of the medical diagnosis of child sexual abuse and author of numerous papers, book chapters and books.


Neglected Children and Prevention: Principles for Practice

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 (12:30-14:30)

Abstract

We plan to have an interactive workshop with group participation. The first session will cover definitional issues related to neglect, its prevalence and outcomes, and focus on principles for assessing and addressing child neglect. Consideration will be given to varying circumstances in countries with different income levels. Participants are invited to bring brief cases for discussion.

The 2nd half of the session will cover evidence-based practices that have been shown to prevent child maltreatment. In addition, we will present useful principles and recommended practices for preventive interventions.

Learning Objectives

  1. The participant will understand different ways neglect can be defined.
  2. The participant will recognize the seriousness of neglect.
  3. The participant will know key principles for assessing and addressing neglect.
  4. The participant will be aware of evidence-based prevention programs.
  5. The participant will know key principles for preventive interventions.

Bio Sketches

Howard Dubowitz, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Families at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Dubowitz is a clinician, researcher, and educator, and he is active in the policy arena. His main interests are in child neglect and prevention. Dr. Dubowitz led the development of the Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) model, building upon the opportunities in pediatric primary care to help prevent abuse and neglect. He edited Neglected Children: Research, Practice and Policy as well as the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s (ISPCAN) World Perspectives on Child Abuse in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and he co-edited the Handbook for Child Protection Practice as well as International Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Dubowitz has over 180 publications and he has presented at many national and international conferences. He is a Past-President of the Helfer Society, an honorary international group of physicians working in the child maltreatment field. He has served on the Executive Council of the ISPCAN and the national boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and of Prevent Child Abuse America.

Dr Rajeev Seth is the current Chairperson of the Indian Child Abuse, Neglect & Child Labour (ICANCL) group. Dr Seth obtained his medical pediatric training at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India and at the University of California San Francisco, besides, a post doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California USA.
For the past 14 years, Dr Seth has been working as a volunteer to provide medical care and rehabilitation services to orphan and vulnerable children in India. From a developing country perspective, Dr Seth strongly propagates the view that “child protection” must also include protection from disease, poor nutrition, and illiteracy, in addition to abuse and exploitation. His key passionate aims and objectives are to pursue Right to education, Right to health and development of Child Protection systems in his region. Dr Seth is Fellow of Indian Academy of Pediatrics & American Academy of Pediatrics; Member, Section of International Child Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, besides the Founder-Trustee, Bal Umang Drishya Sanstha (BUDS), a registered non-profit NGO.

Dr Seth is recipient of several academic awards including the Distinguished Service Award, ISPCAN (2012), Sorel Catherine Freyman Prize, the McAllister Foundation Fellowship Award, and the Oak Foundation Award. He also co-chaired the 9thISPCAN Asia Pacific Conference of Child Abuse and Neglect (APCCAN) in September 2011. Dr Seth edits CANCL NEWS and has written several scientific publications and chapters on social pediatrics, child rights, development and protection


The medical evaluation and treatment of the physically abused child: differentiating inflicted from accidental injuries

Monday, 3 September 2018 (12:30-16:30)

Abstract

Child physical abuse is a common problem of childhood. To protect the child from further abuse and injuries, health care professionals must be able to recognize suspicious injuries and manage the case appropriately. The health care professionals are responsible for reporting suspected abuse and they also need to provide the documentation necessary for legal evaluation of the case. This presentation will provide guidance to the audience in the evaluation of suspected physical abuse in children.

The Main Areas to be Discussed

  • Prevalance of physical child abuse.
  • Characteristics of victims and risk factors for physical abuse.Clinical presentations of physical abuse.
  • Consequences of child physical abuse (short and long term outcomes).
  • Evaluation:
    • Medical history: histories that suggest child abuse.
    • Physical examination: injuries that suggest child abuse.
    • Diagnosis and differential diagnosis: Radiologic and laboratory examinations for diagnosis and conditions that commonly simulate child abuse.
  • Treatment.
  • Documentation and reporting.
  • Role of health care professional in the prevention of physical abuse.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify the risk factors associated with child physical abuse.
  • To describe the medical histories and injuries that suggest child physical abuse.
  • To explain how to assess and manage a physically abused child.
  • To describe the role of health care professionals in prevention.

Bio Sketches

Tolga Dagli, MD is a professor of pediatric surgery and pediatric urology in Marmara University Faculty of Medicine in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been working in the area of child maltreatment prevention since 2001. He has been the founder of the hospital-based multidisciplinary team in Marmara University in 2009 and acts as the Director of Marmara University Child Protection Center, Istanbul, Turkey. He has conducted research, participated in numerous trainings and provided consultation for the Project about developing interdisciplinary guides and training materials regarding child maltreatment prevention and case management. Since 2010 Dr. Dagli has been an active member of Child Protection Centers Coordination Board and President of Child Protection Centers Support Society in Turkey. He is an active ISPCAN member since 2010 and he was involved in the Organizing Committee of the 19th ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect held in Istanbul in 2012.

Figen Şahin Dağlı, MD is a professor of Pediatrics and she worked full time in the Department of Social Pediatrics in Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey until retired in September 2017. Currently she is a part time faculty and lecturer in Bahcesehir University Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey. Her main areas of interest are preventive pediatrics, prevention of child abuse and neglect, protection of child mental health and communication skills in medicine. She has participated in many projects directed by Turkish Ministry of Health, Turkish Ministry of Education and UNICEF about child health, child abuse and neglect, family training programs.Dr. Figen Sahin Dağlı was also the director of the Child Protection Center in Gazi University, the first multidisciplinary hospital-based team in Turkey. She has served as the president of Turkish Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (TSPCAN) during 2005-2010 and she is still acting as vice-president of TSPCAN. She was the co-chair of Organizing Committee of the ISPCAN Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect held in İstanbul in 2012. She was elected as councilor of ISPCAN in 2014 and still serves there as the Chair of the Training and Education core committee.


Assessing the Impact of Child Abuse/Trauma and Presenting the Assessment Findings to the Non-offending Caregiver to Enhance Therapy Engagement

Monday, 3 September 2018 (12:30-16:30)

Abstract

Evidence based practices for children impacted by abuse or trauma are typically individually tailored for the child and family based on a careful assessment. This workshop will present information about the benefits of utilizing standardized assessments. One such measure, the Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen, will be presented in terms of its development and use. This measure was designed to assess children’s trauma histories and their reactions to the traumas endured. The administration of this measure will be described and shown. In addition, the presentation of the assessment findings to the non-offending caregiver in the context of an evidence based treatment such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) will be demonstrated. The workshop will incorporate case examples, role plays and interactive discussion.

The Topical Areas to be Discussed

  • The value and benefit of using a standardized measure to assess PTSD symptoms
  • The optimal timing of standardized assessments of PTSD symptoms
  • The development of a measure to assess the impact of diverse traumatic experiences
  • The use of a standardized assessment of PTSD symptoms with the child and caregiver
  • The scoring and interpretation of the assessment findings
  • The presentation of the assessment findings in the context of TF-CBT
  • Optimizing engagement of the non-offending caregiver in the treatment process

Learning Objectives

  1. The participant will learn about the benefits of conducting standardized assessments of children’s traumatic stress reactions
  2. The participant will learn how to administer, score and interpret the Child and Adolecent Trauma Screen
  3. The participant will learn how to present assessment findings to nonoffending caregivers in the context of TF-CBT to optimize therapuetic engagement

Bio Sketches

Esther Deblinger, PhD is Co-Director of the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute and a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Rowan Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Deblinger has been engaged in clinical work and research focusing on the impact and treatment of child sexual abuse and other traumas in childhood for 30 years and she has collaborated on numerous treatment outcome investigations including four investigations funded by National Institute of Mental Health. Treatment outcome research, conducted by Dr. Deblinger and her colleagues Judith Cohen, M.D., and Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D. led to the development of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence based treatment with documented efficacy in helping children and adolescents overcome PTSD as well as related emotional and behavioral difficulties. Since then a total of 20 randomized trials have been conducted to further refine and evaluate the effectiveness of TF-CBT which has become the standard of care in the USA for childhood trauma. Dr. Deblinger’s research and treatment development endeavors have been recognized with honors from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the New Jersey Child Advocate Office and the Rosenberry Award.

Elisa Pfeiffer (M.Sc.-Psych.) works as a research scientist and clinician at the University Clinic of Ulm at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Psychology. She has earned her Masters Degree in Psychology in 2015 at the University of Konstanz. Her master thesis focused on the pathology of Complex PTSD in adults. Since October 2015 she is working at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Psychology as a doctoral student and is doing her training to get a licensed child and adolescent psychotherapist. She was introduced to the field of child and adolescent psychotraumatology by her former Ph.D. supervisor Prof. Dr. Lutz Goldbeck. Elisa Pfeiffer’s main research focuses on the assessment and treatment of PTSD and depression in young refugees. She has worked in several research projects on childhood PTSD and currently evaluates and disseminates a low-level trauma-focused group intervention for young refugees in child welfare agencies.

Cedric Sachser (M.Sc.-Psych.) works as a research scientist and clinician at the University Clinic of Ulm at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Psychology. He has earned his Master Degree in Psychology in 2015 at the Ulm University. Since March 2015 he is working at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Psychology and is doing his training to get a licensed child and adolescent psychotherapist. He was introduced to the field of child and adolescent psychotraumatology by his former Ph.D. supervisor Prof. Dr. Lutz Goldbeck. Cedric Sachser’s main research focuses on the nosology, assessment and treatment of PTSD in children and adolescents. He has worked in several research projects e.g. Treat Child Trauma (TCT) a randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of TF-CBT in children and adolescents in 8 German mental health clinic or in an international consortium on the development and validation of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Screening Questionnaire (CATS).


Overview of the Implementation of the PRACTICE Components of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with Youth and their Caregivers

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 (12:30-16:30)

Abstract

This workshop will focus on introducing clinicians to the PRACTICE components of TF-CBT and the basic principles guiding the implementation of this approach with families. PRACTICE is an acronym that outlines the TF-CBT treatment components which include Psychoeducation, Parenting, Relaxation , Affective expression and modulation, Cognitive coping, Trauma narration and processing, In vivo mastery, Conjoint sessions and Enhancing safety and future developoment. This overview workshop is designed to give participants “a taste” of TF-CBT to enhance their understanding of the potential benefits of this early effective intervention for children, adolescents and nonoffending caregivers impacted by trauma. The presenters will demonstrate creative methods of implementing each of the practice components as well as strategies for effectively engaging clients in individual parent and child as well as conjoint parent child sessions. The workshop will include case examples, role plays, therapy exercises and interactive discussion. The session will end with a focus on preparing for and celebrating client graduations.

The Topical Areas to be Discussed

  • Providing psychoeducation to youth and their caregivers in effective and engaging ways
  • Teaching coping skills that positively influence physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social and family well being
  • Conducting individual child and caregiver as well as conjoint child and parent sessions
  • Preparing the child and caregiver to graduate from therapy from the start of treatment

Learning Objectives

  1. The participant will learn how to ecnourage caregivers to use effective parenting strategies with youth impacted by trauma
  2. The participant will learn creative methods for teaching effective coping skills to youth and caregivers
  3. The participant will learn how to help youth and caregivers engage in the processing of trauma-related thoughts and beliefs
  4. The participant will learn how to conduct conjoint parent child sessions and prepare for therapy graduation

Bio Sketches

Esther Deblinger, PhD is Co-Director of the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute and a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Rowan Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Deblinger has been engaged in clinical work and research focusing on the impact and treatment of child sexual abuse and other traumas in childhood for 30 years and she has collaborated on numerous treatment outcome investigations including four investigations funded by National Institute of Mental Health. Treatment outcome research, conducted by Dr. Deblinger and her colleagues Judith Cohen, M.D., and Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D. led to the development of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence based treatment with documented efficacy in helping children and adolescents overcome PTSD as well as related emotional and behavioral difficulties. Since then a total of 20 randomized trials have been conducted to further refine and evaluate the effectiveness of TF-CBT which has become the standard of care in the USA for childhood trauma. Dr. Deblinger’s research and treatment development endeavors have been recognized with honors from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the New Jersey Child Advocate Office and the Rosenberry Award.

Rita Rosner, Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Psych., Psychologische Psychotherapeutin, is currently the chair of Clinical and Biological Psychology at Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. In the 1990ties, Prof Rosner studied the connections between flight, war, migration and psychological distress in the aftermath of the wars in former Yugoslavia. Current research projects focus on the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in children and adolescents after sexual and physical abuse, migration specific aspects of service use after childhood abuse and the treatment of Prolonged Grief Disorder in adults. From 2006-2008 Prof Rosner served as president of the German speaking Society for Psychotraumatology, and from 2009-2015 as board member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS). She is a co-founder and associate-editor of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT).


Developing and Using Las and Policy to Further Child Protection

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 (12:30-16:30)

Abstract

Professionals from all disciplines involved in child care and protection have both the responsibility and much to offer from their day to day experiences with children in improving the legal environment within which they provide a service. Drawing on her own experiences in developing and using law and policy to protect children and provide the optimal environment to support their development.

The use of international treaties and conventions will be discussed as precursors to in-country law reform, how to motivate for and participate in developing law and policy, using the best evidence on the factors that protect or present risk to children’s well-being and development. Case studies will be used to illustrate the processes that may assist in ensuring an optimal legal environment to support the care and protection of children.

Bio Sketch

Joan van Niekerk has worked in the child protection field for 30 years. She participated in numerous law reform activities during the post-apartheid period in South Africa, working with the South African Law Reform Commission. She was chair of the SA Law Reform Commission Project Committee on the investigation into sexual offences on and by children and contributed actively to parallel processes on child care and protection and children in conflict with the law. These processes resulted in the development of 3 draft bills. Joan was an active member of the Civil Society Organisations which advocated for the passing of the draft legislation, working with them both in and outside Parliament to educate Parliamentarians on the needs of children as well as the general public. Joan remains involved with the process of law reform and presently chairs a South Africa Law Reform Committee on Child Pornography and related matters, aimed at developing further legislation and policy. Joan trains social workers, police, psychologists, medical professionals and other disciplines involved in work with children on legislation that affects the lives of children and families.

Jenny Grey OBE trained as a social worker in New Zealand and has been in children’s services social work, management and policy development since 1979. She joined the Department of Health, England in 1991 and led the development of new inspection methodologies. In 1995, Jenny was appointed as the professional adviser to the British government on safeguarding children. This post involved developing, implementing and monitoring child welfare legislation and policy. Jenny held this post until September 2012, since when she has been a social work consultant. She is a current Councillor and a Past President of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (2012 – 2014) and a member of BASPCAN’s Editorial Board.


Judicial Decision-Making: Challenges for the Court and the Legal Advocate

Wednesday, 5 September 2018 (12:30-14:30)

Abstract

It is said that “hard cases make bad law.” The Judge, however, is often put in the position of having to make difficult case decisions based on the evidence that is presented rather than on what evidence is needed. Legal decisions concerning child physical, sexual, emotional/psychological abuse along with child neglect present unique evidence challenges in deciding the credibility, reliability, trustworthiness and amount of evidence presented. The Court must not only decide what has occurred but what should happen to the child who is the victim. If the child has not been victimized and the parent is wrongly adjudicated of abuse/neglect, the outcome will not only unfairly punish the parent but also unfairly separate the child from its parent; while if the parent is not adjudicated of child abuse or neglect but should have been, then the child is likely to be revictimized, and the cycle of violence is likely to continue. The decision of the judge hinges on the necessary evidence which the court needs to receive and hear.

This session will identify the types of evidence which judges find most compelling and convincing when hearing child abuse and neglect cases. The presenters will explore not only the types of evidence that exists, but effective methods for presenting this type of evidence to the court from the perspective of the legal advocate who is presenting this evidence but also the court who is receiving and evaluating this evidence. The outcome of these sessions will provide professionals with alternative methods of presenting information and evidence to the court which will aid in the decision-making challenge and process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the law, practice and evidentiary principles in court proceedings involving child abuse & neglect as well as removal of the child.
  2. Identify the alternative types of evidence that is available, and the legal issues raised when presenting this evidence in child abuse & neglect cases and removal hearings.
  3. Identify various strategies for presenting the child’s testimony and evidence in court proceedings involving child abuse, neglect and removal hearings.
  4. Provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the legal systems available to intervene in child abuse, neglect and removal hearings.

Bio Sketches

Roberta Ruggiero holds an MA in law, an MA in human rights and democratization from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC), and a Ph.D. in children’s rights promotion and protection awarded by the University of Molise. She is senior research and teaching associate at the University of Geneva’s Centre for Children’s Rights Studies (CCRS). She is also the Academic Coordinator of the Children’s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN).

She was formerly scientific coordinator of the European Network of National Observatories on Childhood (Child ON Europe) based at the Instituto degli Innocenti (2008-2013). She was senior lecturer at the University of Padua, and external professor of children’s rights at the University of Molise. Dr. Ruggiero was also researcher at the International Organization on Migration (Europe Office) and at the UNICEF-Innocenti Research Office.

Her publications and research interests include independent human rights institutions for children, children’s rights implementation, comparative childhood governmental policies, the status of parenthood in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and children’s rights approaches to evidence-based policy. She is member of the Committee of Experts and scientific advisor of the Cantonal Observatory of Youth of Canton Valais, Switzerland, and of the Working Group on National Child Maltreatment Data Collection of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).

Thomas Meysen is a lawyer, is Managing Director of the International Centre for Socio-Legal Studies which was founded in 2018. He has a long history of conducting legal and interdisciplinary, national and international comparative research on the variety of aspects of child protection, child welfare, and family law. He started his professional career as assistant professor at the University of Freiburg and lecturer at the department for social work at the Protestant University for Applied Science (1993 to 2000) and was academic director of the German Institute for Youth Human Services and Family Law (DIJuF) (2000 to 2017). Thomas Meysen is a member of numerous scientific and policy committees, regularly consulting parliaments and governments, edited several books, and is a frequent author and lecturer.

Henry J. Plum holds a JD degree from Marquette University and is a lawyer from the USA with extensive trial experience in Child Abuse & Neglect, Trafficking, Adoption, Custody and other children’s issues. His current practice includes serving as a court-appointed special prosecutor or court-appointed guardian ad litem for the child. He also serves as legal counsel and legal educator to private and public social welfare agencies and children’s hospitals.

In addition, Attorney Plum’s practice includes conducting training for judges, lawyers, law enforcement, medical and other professionals on legal issues and legislation regarding children for regional, national and international agencies as well authoring several books and publications in his areas of expertise. He is the past president and current Board member for the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), served as legislative chair of the Children law section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the current legal advisor/parliamentarian for the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).


Developing and Using Las and Policy to Further Child Protection

Monday, 3 September 2018 (13:30-15:30)

Abstract

Professionals from all disciplines involved in child care and protection have both the responsibility and much to offer from their day to day experiences with children in improving the legal environment within which they provide a service. Drawing on her own experiences in developing and using law and policy to protect children and provide the optimal environment to support their development.

This workshop will review available statistics on trends in child maltreatment and child well-being, with particular focus on the US and Europe, regions where trend statistics are more available. The evidence for improvement will be assessed, and hypotheses considered to explain some of the trends. Discussion with the audience will focus particularly on how research could better explore various hypotheses about trends. We will also discuss some of the barriers and obstacles to unbiased interest in trends.

Bio Sketch

David Finkelhor is the Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977.



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