Upcoming Webinar from ISPCAN: Child Welfare and Pandemics: What We Know and What We Can Do | April 3



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As child protection researchers and practitioners worldwide work to understand and manage the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 on systems of care, we invite you to join us for this special presentation by Barbara Fallon of the University of Toronto and Delphine Collin-Vezina of McGill University.

Dr. Fallon and Dr. Collin-Vezina will share information from the new University of Toronto Policy Bench report, Child Welfare and Pandemics Literature Scan (Sistovaris et al., 2020), including current knowledge of child welfare and pandemics, the impact on children in the Canadian child welfare system, potential policy solutions that could mitigate the detrimental effects of pandemics, and the measures taken to control the spread of disease. They will then open up the discussion for audience questions and comments. Note: The webinar will be recorded and made available afterward on the ISPCAN website.

Speakers:

Dr. Barbara Fallon is a Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and holds the Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare. Dr. Fallon’s research focuses on alleviating the suffering for children and families identified and served by the child welfare system.

She directs the First Nations/Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2019 and the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 and the Ontario Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Her program of research has been used as the foundation for the implementation of major child welfare policy and practice initiatives, including the improvement of data collection on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children and families.

Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina is a licensed clinical psychologist, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare, Associate Professor in the McGill School of Social Work, and the Nicolas Steinmetz and Gilles Julien Chair in Social Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Collin-Vezina's program of research is focused on child maltreatment, child sexual abuse, and trauma.

She has led several provincial and federal grants as well as significant projects on mental health, family violence, and service provision with key governmental and First Nations organizations. Dr. Collin-Vézina’s research has contributed to an understanding of epidemiological trends in child sexual abuse, child protection responses to reports of child sexual abuse, trauma-related needs of children and adolescents from different health and social services, and trauma-related service provision.

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