ISPCAN is a unique mosaic of different professions concerned about the maltreatment of the world's children, bridging across disciplines and countries and cultures. it has grown over its 25 years into a respected professional voice on abuse and neglect. It has awakened nations around the world and their leaders to the issue of child maltreatment, while bringing concerned professionals together to sharpen their expertise in responding.
This book, representing a collection of essays by those involved, is the story of ISPCAN. It takes the reader on a journey of this international movement from its founding in Bellagio, Italy, and the struggles of a totally volunteer international effort to the solid membership organization it is today. It is the story of a visionary, C. Henry Kemp, and his band of followers, all leaders in their own right.
The essays, woven together, show how early followers became the leaders, inspiring yet a new generation of leaders to follow them. They explain how congresses, conferences, a journal, newsletters, and trainings started, grew and triggered interactions between professionals across disciplines and countries. They illuminate the challenges along the way, challenges inevitable in this kind of work, and the success that resulted - an international movement to address child abuse.