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On the behalf of NASPCAN (the Nordic Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) we invite you to the 10th Nordic conference in Tórshavn on the Faroe Islands. The theme of the conference is In the Best Interest of the Child: Rhetoric or Reality? We have a number of significant key-speakers that will talk about the theme, about trauma and hidden wounds, about poly-victimization, prevention and early intervention and questions for the future, what can be improved. In addition to invited speakers we expect to receive lots of abstract from every Nordic country, reporting on clinical experiences as well as research, that will be presented during the conference. There will also be plenty of time for the important informal exchange among colleagues across the Nordic countries.

This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary on the Nordic Association for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect. It may be doubtful to celebrate that the work with vulnerable children is persistent and continues. Yet we believe NASPCAN has contributed by improving awareness and practice in the work with children who need societal support and a better future across the Nordic countries. We hope you will join us to celebrate improvements in the field of child abuse and neglect in, in beautiful Tórshavn in August 20-22.

Warm welcome,

Cecilia Kjellgren, Chair of NASPCAN


Sunday August 19th

17:30 – 21:30 Registration and pre-conference followed by an Ice Breaker at the Nordic House in Tórshavn.

Room: Høllin, Language: Norwegian

18:00 Pre-conference presentation: Kari Killén: Behovet for en helhetlig differensiert tilnærming til omsorgssvikt og overgrep.

Kari Killén has a long experience as a clinician and a researcher in the field of child abuse and neglect. Kari Killén initiated the establishing of NASPCAN and is former president of ISPCAN. She works as trainer and consultant and has written a number of books on child abuse and neglect.

19:30 Ice Breaker at the Nordic House in Tórshavn.

Monday August 20th

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and coffee

Room: Høllin, Language: Swedish/Danish/Norwegian

09:00 – 09:25 Welcome – Chair of NFBO, Cecilia Kjellgren, former president of ISPCAN, Kari Killén and the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Aksel Vilhelmson Johannesen.

09:25 – 09:40 A Song…

09:40 – 10:40 Keynote presentation: Elisabeth Gording Stang: «Trenger vi et barneperspektiv i jussen?»

10:40 – 11:10 Break

11:10 Poster session is open throughout the conference

11:10 – 12:10 Parallel workshops

Room: Skálin, Oral presentation. Language: English/Swedish

Room: Norðurstova, Symposium. Language: Swedish

“Barn i barnahus”

Chair: Maria Kläfverud

Room: Dansistovan, Workshops. Language: English

Room: Høllin, Symposium. Language: Danish

”De danske børnehuse” (#47)

Chair: Merete Bonde Jørgensen. 

12:10 – 13:10 Lunch break

13:10 – 14:10 Parallel workshops

Room: Skálin, Workshops. Language: Swedish/Danish

Room: Norðurstova, Oral presentations. Language: Swedish/Norwegian

Room: Dansistovan, Oral presentation and Workshop. Language: Swedish/Danish

Room: Høllin, Symposium. Language: English

14:10 – 14:30 Break

14:30 – 15:30 Keynote presentation: Professor David Finkelhor, University of New Hampshire: “Thirty years with sexual abuse – lesson learned and future challenges including the importance of the Internet”.  

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:00 NASPCAN general assembly, Høllin

17:30 – 18:30 Visit to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department and Barnahus.

19:00 – 22:00 Conference Dinner at Hotel Føroyar

Tuesday August 21st

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and coffee

Room: Høllin.

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote presentation: Christine Heim, Charité University, Berlin: “Understanding and Mitigating the Impact of Childhood Trauma on Disease Risk: Towards Developmental Programming of Lifelong Health”. 

10:00 – 10:20 Presentation of NASPCAN Essay Contest winners: Jana Kristin Maack and Anita Stokka Kåven

10:20 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 Parallel workshops

Room: Skálin, Oral presentations. Languages: Swedish/Norwegian

Room: Norðurstova, Oral presentations, Langauge: English

Room: Dansistovan, Workshop. Language: Swedish

Room: Høllin, Symposium. Language: English

Sex as self-injury (SASI). (#49). 

Chair: Cecilia Fredlund & Linda S Jonsson

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00 Parallel workshops

Room: Skálin, Workshop: Language: English

Room: Norðurstova, Oral presentations. Language: Swedish/English

Room: Dansistovan, Workshop. Language: Swedish

Room: Høllin, Symposium. Language: Norwegian

” Hvordan opplever ungdom å bli spurt om vold og seksuelle overgrep? Erfaringer fra to pilotstudier i norsk ungdomsskole”

Chair: Gertrud Sofie Hafstad

14:00 – 14:30 Break

14:30 – 15:30 Keynote presentation: Staffan Jansson og Carolina Jernbro, Karlstads Universitet: “Poly-victimization in vulnerable adolescents”

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:00 Parallel workshops

Room: Skáli, Oral presentations. Languages: Swedish/Norwegian

Room: Norðurstova, Oral presentations. Language: English

Room: Dansistovan, Workshops: Language: Swedish/Norwegian

Room: Høllin, Symposium. Language: Danish

”Flygtningebørn og seksuelle overgreb. Er det et problem?” (#45). 

Chair:  Mimi Strange

17:10 – 18-00 The Mayor of Tórshavn welcomes you to a Get Together in The Lobby at the Nordic House.

Wednesday August 22nd

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and coffee

09:00 – 09:20 The Minister of Social affairs will deliver a speech.

09:20 – 10:20 Panel session

Room: Høllin, Symposium. Language: English.

“In the best interest of the child – the Nordic countries versus the rest of the World?”
Inspired by a BBC documentary

Carolina Överlien – Research leader, Associate Professor
Dag Nordanger – Specialist in clinical psychology, Professor

Elisabeth Gording Stang – Professor LL.D (NO)
Tóra Petersen, Licenced psychologist, PhD (FO)
Mimi Petersen – Lektor, PhD (DK)
Anna Norlén – Director, Licenced psychologist and psychotherapist (SE)
Wanja Sæther – Manager (SE)

10:20 – 10:50 Break

10:50 – 11:50 Parallel workshops

Room: Skálin, Workshop: Language: Swedish

Room: Norðurstova, Oral presentations. Language: English

Room: Dansistovan, Workshop. Language: Danish/Swedish

Room: Høllin, Oral presentations. Language: English

11:55 – 12:05 Closing session

Room: Høllin

Chair: Cecilia Kjällgren

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Participation fee

Booking before the 15.03.2018

Member of the NFBO DKK 3100
Non-Member DKK 3400
Student DKK 1500

Booking after the 15.03.2018
Member of the NFBO DKK 3500
Non-Member DKK 3700
Student DKK 1500

The participation fee includes conference program, conference material, coffee and lunch during the conference hours.
If you have any food allergies please inform us when you register. All transportation to and from the Faroe Islands (by airplane), hotel booking, registration to the conference and the conference dinner can all be done by pressing the Registration button below.

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David Finkelhor is the Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. In his recent work, he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. He is editor and author of 11 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. In summery has been one of the leading researchers in the area for more than 30 years.

Elisabeth Gording Stang is LL.D. from the University of Oslo (UiO), Faculty of Law 2007, with a thesis on the child’s position in child protection cases of preventive measures. She holds several academic positions at the UiO, the Norwegian Institute of Social Research (NOVA), and the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet, the former Oslo University College) where she is working as a professor of law, affiliated to the child welfare bachelor education. Her area of expertise is children’s rights, and she has 20 years of experiences as a researcher and lecturer within the fields of children’s rights, child protection, family law, immigration law and human rights.

Christine Heim, PhD, is Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Charité Center for Health and Human Sciences in Berlin and Professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State University. Professor Heim’s research focuses on the neurobiological consequences of childhood trauma and their relationship to mental and somatic health outcomes. Her results were among the first evidence in humans to suggest that early life trauma is associated with lifelong neurobiological “scars” that increase the risk for developing a range of disorders in adulthood.

Jane Barlow is Professor of Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation in the Department of Public Health, and a Professorial Fellow of St Hilda’s College.  Prior to moving to Oxford she was Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, and Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit.  In 2007 she was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health. She is president of the Association of Infant Mental Health, editor in chief of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH), and a member of PreVAiL (Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan) research network.  She has contributed to a  number of NICE guidelines and co-chaired the development of the CYP IAPT curriculum 0 – 5 years. Her programme of research focuses on the identification of effective methods of working to improve outcomes for high risk mothers and babies during the perinatal period, and she has undertaken extensive research on the effectiveness of interventions in reducing child abuse and neglect.

Staffan Janson is professor emeritus in Social Pediatrics from Karlstad and Örebro Universities and currently guest professor in pediatrics at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has forty-five years clinical experience as a pediatrician and have headed the national Swedish studies on parental upbringing methods and on young people’s experiences of maltreatment, neglect and humiliation
Carolina Jernbro, PhD, is a senior lecturer in Public Health Sciences at Karlstad university. Her research area is child maltreatment from the perspectives of children and young people with focus on prevalence, health and disclosure.

Scientific Committee