- Özgür Töre
Tallinn, Estonia has won the right to host the annual European Congress of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN).
The event, which is expected to draw 600 international delegates to the city, will be held in June 2022.
The 4-day congress "Child Protection for the Most Vulnerable Children and Families“ will focus on mental health and disorders, prisoners, aspects of sexual and other abuse, domestic violence, Child Protection for Children of Incarcerated (and Addicted) Parents, cross-border cooperation and the implementation of digital services in the field.
"We are proud that the ISPCAN Congress will take place in the Baltic region for the first time. It will be an excellent opportunity to showcase our experiences in the sphere of child protection, in relation to dealing with child abuse and neglect in Estonia as well as being the initiator of discussions on these matters on an international arena,” said Brit Tammiste, the head of the organising committee of the ISPCAN 2022.
“Different digital solutions have an important role in the development of a country, as organizers we could introduce application opportunities from the perspective of child protection as well as organizing the Congress."
Local congress organiser Publicon PCO worked on the succesful bid in collabaration with Estonian Convention Bureau, Tallinn Convention Bureau and local authorities - The Estonian Ministries of Justice and Social Affairs, the Child Protection Department of the Social Insurance Board, the Bar Association, the Office of the Prosecutor General and the University of Tartu and several NGO-s.
Publicon PCO is one of the most experienced PCOs for scientific and medical conferences in Estonia. Their recent bid wins include AESOP2022 – Congress of the Association of European Schools of Planning and ISAE2023 - International Society for Applied Ethology, International Congress 2023.