Who We Are

Our Mission

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

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.

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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.

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

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:
  • Telephone (In the USA): Childhelp USA at: 1-800-4-A-Child.
  • International: Find your local Child Helpline Chapter: http://www.childhelplineinternational.org/en/network/members
  • You can also review this list of  
    Resources (PDF)

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

Organization Information

Read more about ISPCAN

Constitution | History | Non-Discrimination | Whistleblower Policy

The Secretariat

ISPCAN headquarters is based in the USA and is located at 12200 E. Iliff Avenue, Suite 103, Aurora CO USA 80014
Phone: 720.449.6010   Fax:720.449.6012

Pragathi Tummala

Executive Director

Brooke Carr

Global Media & Marketing

Heather Hein

Global Training & Development

Kourtney Rimbert

Global Finance Manager

Greg Dickson

Lead Accountant

LeafTech Inc.

IT Support Services

Christian Rios

WordPress Support

Global Conference Organizer

Executive Committee & Council Members

ISPCAN Councilors are world renowned leaders in the field of child abuse & neglect and help set strategic directions for the organization. They volunteer countless hours to advancing the field of child abuse prevention, by providing technical expertise and invaluable resources to ISPCAN.

Bernard Gerbaka, MD

President
Hotel-Dieu University Hospital
LEBANON

Joan van Niekerk, MSW

Past President
Consultant
SOUTH AFRICA

Martin A. Finkel, DO

Treasurer
CARES Institute, Rowan University
USA

Victoria Lidchi, PhD

Secretary
UK & BRAZIL

Jenny Gray, OBE

Chair, CERF Committee
Dip Higher Education&Training
UK & NEW ZEALAND

Henry Plum, JD

Parliamentarian/Legal Advisor
USA

Kevin Lalor, PhD

Chair, Membership & Marketing Committee
Dublin Institute of Technology
IRELAND

Figen Sahin Dagli, MD

Chair, Training & Education Committee
Gazi University
TURKEY

Rajeev Seth, MD

Chair, Conference Committee
INDIA

Tufail Muhammad, MD

President Elect
Pediatrician Child Rights & Abuse Committee
PAKISTAN

Yanghee Lee, PhD

Sungkyunkwan University
KOREA

Toshihiko Yanagawa, MD, PhD

Wakayama Medical University
JAPAN

Myriam Caranzano-Maitre, MD

ASPI Fondazione della Svizzera Italiana
SWITZERLAND

Lucia C.A. Williams, PhD

Universidade Federal de São Carlos
BRAZIL

Sue Bennett, MD

University of Ottawa
CANADA

Maha al Muneef, MD

Ministry of National Guard for Health Affairs
SAUDI ARABIA

Desmond Runyan, MD, PhD

Kempe Center
University of Colorado
USA

Sue Foley, MSW

Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
AUSTRALIA

Peter van der Linden, MS

NeSPCAN
THE NETHERLANDS

Esmah Lahlah, PhD

International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT)
Tilburg University
THE NETHERLANDS