Psychosocial Support (PSS) Forum 2015
Love, Care and Protection from Infancy to Adolescence

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
1-3 September, 2015

REPSSI is hosting the 3rd annual Psychosocial Support Forum on the African continent. REPSSI invites regional and international experts in Psychosocial Support - including representatives from the regional economic blocks, national governments, civil society, academia, media and international cooperating partners - to participate in this forum.  Participants will share research and practice based evidence on the provision of PSS for children, from infancy to adolescence, and share lessons that have been learnt in the implementation of PSS interventions. 

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ISCI 2015: 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators “From Welfare to Well-being: Child Indicators in Research, Policy and Practice.”
University of Cape Town, South Africa
2 – 4 September 2015 

The 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators will be held on 2-4 September 2015 at the University of Cape Town. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and child advocates from across the world will gather for three days to share and discuss the latest child indicator research methods, findings and implications for policy and interventions. The conference is hosted by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, in partnership with the African Child Policy Forum, UNICEF and the Poverty & Inequality Initiative at UCT. 

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Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s (SVRI) 4th International Conference
Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch, South Africa
14-17 September, 2015

The SVRI Forum 2015 is the ‘go to’ event in the field, bringing together over 250 researchers, activists, funders, policy makers, service providers, practitioners and survivors from around the world who are working to understand, prevent and respond to sexual and intimate partner violence. The 2015 Forum provides a platform for showcasing research and innovation in the field and learning about new and tested interventions on how to end sexual violence, intimate partner violence and child abuse and maltreatment.

The tracks and themes for SVRI Forum 2015 will focus on key debates and issues currently faced by the field:

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Family Troubles Symposium: Care and Change in Diverse Contexts
16 September 2015, University of Reading, UK 

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to explore family relations, care and ‘troubles’ in diverse contexts. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group, the British Sociological Association (BSA) Families and Relationships Study Group, the BSA Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group and the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS). The symposium will reflect on the discourses associated with ‘family’ in different cultural and policy settings and explore the (potentially troubling or troubled) changes, caring practices, and intergenerational relations that shape family lives over time and space.

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Save the Date: WHO Global Campaign for Violence Prevention 7th Milestones Meeting 
22-23 September, 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

The 7th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting - hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its Executive Boardroom in Geneva, Switzerland - will focus on child maltreatment and youth violence, among other topics. The meeting will focus on consolidating global, regional and national efforts to strengthen violence prevention policies, programmes and laws. During the meeting, participants will make plans to increase action, political support and funding for violence prevention worldwide. Keynote speakers will include senior government policy-makers and world experts. Researchers, practitioners and advocates, as well as policy-makers and others with decision-making authority at local, regional, and global levels are invited to attend.

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 14th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
27-30 September 2015, Bucharest, Romania

ISPCAN will be hosting its 14th Annual European Regional Conference in Bucharest, Romania - 25 years after the political shifts in Eastern Europe. The conference, as well as the prestigious key-note speakers, will target collaborative ways to prevent violence against children.  

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Penn State’s Fourth Annual Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being: New Frontiers in the Biology of Stress, Maltreatment and Trauma
30 September - 1 October 2015, State College, PA, USA

The purpose of this conference is to showcase recent biological advancements related to child maltreatment and other forms of trauma and chronic stress. Three distinct sessions will cover processes of biological embedding emphasizing the role of the endocrine system/immunology, brain development and genomics. A fourth session will focus on resilience from a multi-level, multidisciplinary perspective. The conference will culminate in a panel discussion of the data and ideas presented in these four sessions where discourse among panel and audience members will be encouraged.

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IFCO 2015 18th Biennial Conference: “Tell Someone Who Cares: Caring for Our Children”
8-11 November - Sydney, Australia

The 18th Biennial International Foster Care Conference “Tell Someone Who Cares,” hosted by the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO), will take place in Sydney, Australia. The 2015 International Conference will provide an opportunity to showcase foster, kinship & relative care in a National Australian context and international keynote speakers will present the important, innovative work being undertaken in other parts of the world.  

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ISPCAN International Conference on Children and Armed Conflict:
Call for Abstracts

The African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) are pleased to announce an International Conference on Children and Armed Conflict. The Conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 7-10 February 2016. ANPPCAN and ISPCAN are making a call for submission of abstracts. The Conference aims at bringing together key actors, such as, governments, International bodies, civil society and faith based organizations to deliberate on the impact of armed conflict and terrorism on children with a view to coming up with strategies for protecting children caught up in such situations globally.

Abstracts focusing on any one of the Conference sub-themes are invited. The sub-themes and a set of guidelines on the submission of abstracts are provided on the event website. Authors of abstracts are advised to read the guidelines to ensure that their abstracts are in accordance with the set guidelines. Abstracts will be submitted through an online system on ANPPCAN’s and ISPCAN’s websites.

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