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Mission & Objectives


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.


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. ISPCAN is 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. Learn about ISPCAN's goals, publications, congresses, professional training events and world-wide activities.


Our Mission

To support individuals and organizations working to protect children from abuse and neglect worldwide.


Our Goals

  • To increase awareness of the extent, the causes and possible solutions for all forms of child abuse
  • To disseminate academic and clinical research to those in positions to enhance practice and improve policy
  • To support international efforts to promote and protect the Rights of the Child
  • To improve the quality of current efforts to detect, treat and prevent child abuse
  • To facilitate the exchange of best practice standards being developed by ISPCAN members throughout the world
  • To design and deliver comprehensive training programs to professionals and concerned volunteers engaged in efforts to treat and prevent child abuse

Click here to download ISPCAN's Brochure (pdf)

Click here to download an ISPCAN informational presentation (pdf)


Please note:

ISPCAN is not equipped to advise or intervene on suspected child abuse or neglect cases or to offer crisis counseling. If you seriously suspect a child is in danger, contact your local Child Helpline Chapter:

Or if in the USA, call Childhelp USA® at: 1-800-4-A-Child.

You can also review this list of resources (PDF)>>>

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