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14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (ACCAN 2015)

The over-arching theme is Cultural Responsiveness in a Multi-Agency World which recognises the complexities of child abuse and neglect and the need to engage across sectors, agencies and professions to best prevent and address child maltreatment. Equally importantly, current systems to address child abuse and neglect must evolve further to work effectively and in culturally responsive ways with indigenous people and those of other culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
ACCAN 2015 will provide a unique opportunity to engage researchers, policy makers, practitioners and others from New Zealand, Australia and internationally. The Conference will examine and discuss effective child abuse prevention systems and explore innovations in prevention and intervention - from community-based, community-led programs to therapeutic health and family interventions to statutory child protection services and criminal justice responses. A primary Conference objective is to encourage the exchange of ideas and practices and the development of friendships, professional exchanges and linkages for delegates and agencies from our region and beyond. Further, there will be a focus on the development of a ‘shared understanding’ between those of different professional backgrounds, cultures and geographical locations, and identify approaches and solutions that may be adapted and used across different communities.

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