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Paltech Innovations Advance National Training, TA Efforts


The Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect is the nation’s premier training and technical assistance event around child maltreatment. Held biennially since 1976, for over a decade Paltech has supported the conference with an array of expertise addressing all aspects of event planning and implementation.

This year’s event, April 30 – May 2 in New Orleans, the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN), will be the largest since 2005, also supported by Paltech, with some 2100 attending in person and an expected additional 1500 participating virtually through webcasts.

The 19th NCCAN features a number of innovations introduced by Paltech, including Twitter chats following each plenary and mini-plenary session, a mobile app with all the need-to-know information easily available to participants, flash drives for participants loaded with materials to replace paper-based handouts and supplement the printed program, and remote presenters.   

The conference also includes a Film Forum featuring a selection of brief videos from the Child Welfare Virtual Summit Series.  These 17 brief Paltech-produced videos were developed in lieu of a 2013 Children’s Bureau in-person evaluation summit live event. The videos use illustration, animation, motion graphics, and content from national experts to tackle a variety of evaluation-related topics, propose solutions to common problems, and point viewers to additional tools and resources.

The 19th NCCAN is one element in the National Child Abuse and Neglect Training and Publications Project (NCANTP), managed by Paltech’s Joan Sharp.  The NCANTP includes an array of capacity- and knowledge-building activities for the child maltreatment field, including a virtual participation (webcast) series and development of a history of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the seminal federal legislation addressing the issue, passed 40 years ago.

 The theme of the 19th NCCAN is Making Meaningful Connections.  The event, which aims to underline the connections between child maltreatment policy, practice and research, also celebrates 40 years of CAPTA.  Winners of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families Commissioner’s Awards representing outstanding leaders from 29 states, will also be honored at the conference.