The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) recently relocated its main offices from Chicago to the Gary Pavilion at The Children’s Hospital Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.
ISPCAN is the only multidisciplinary international organization that brings together a cross-section of professionals working towards the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally.
The Gary Pavilion currently houses The Kempe Foundation, The Kempe Center, and the National Association of Counsel for Children. Dr. C. Henry Kempe opened The Kempe Center in 1972. Dr. Kempe also founded ISPCAN in 1977, which now encompasses more than 1,500 members worldwide.
What is ISPCAN’s mission?
Irene Intebi, ISPCAN President:
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.
What does moving to the medical campus in Colorado means to ISPCAN?
Beside the significant improvement from its previous facilities, moving to the medical campus in Colorado means moving back to the organization’s roots – to the city where ISPCAN was first established by Dr. C. Henry Kempe and its founders.
It also means the possibility of linking up internationally with research centers, hospitals and universities and exploring alliances and partnerships with the Kempe Foundation and The Children’s Hospital, while at the same time being in touch with the expertise and most updated resources in the child protection field.
Being located on a medical campus represents the opportunity to be in the midst of a vibrant, growing academic and medical campus with access to other professional groups and innovative thinkers who share interests with ISPCAN Councilors and staff.
What impact ISPCAN’s move will have on the field of child abuse and neglect prevention?
The brand new facility provides ISPCAN with high-quality, state-of-the-art professional office and meeting areas as well as conference rooms and superb technical facilities for videoconferencing within the USA and internationally. These technical amenities position the organization in a unique and beneficial situation regarding its international training and child protection technical assistance potential, aligned with ISPCAN’s strategic goals.
The training facilities and meeting rooms expand ISPCAN’s capabilities in terms of conducting trainings, meetings, and consultations from the Gary Pavilion in Denver to anywhere in the world.
To find out more about ISPCAN, visit www.ispcan.org.