20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
August 31 - September 2, 2016  Grand Hyatt Washington  Washington DC

About the Conference


We anticipate that more than 2,000 in-person and virtual attendees will participate in the 20th NCCAN from across the United States, its territories, and around the world. The Conference is designed for child abuse and neglect prevention and child protection workers, supervisors and administrators, social workers, educators, those in law enforcement and the courts, in health care and public health, therapists, researchers, child advocates, parents, and others committed to ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children.

Conference Themes

The conference theme, Building Community, Building Hope, acknowledges the tremendous power in communities to solve the problem of child abuse and neglect, and reflects our goal of providing a multidisciplinary forum to foster conversations about what we as a society can—and should—do to ensure children grow up to achieve their full potential, free from abuse and neglect. As we gather together to build new knowledge, skills and abilities, we will be strengthening our sense of community and renewing our shared sense of hope for achieving improved outcome for our nation’s children.

Core Topic Areas

Listed below are the five core topic areas for the 20th NCCAN. Each includes examples of the types of subject matter that support these topics. Given the diverse professional backgrounds, experience and interests of expected Conference participants, these examples are meant to be illustrative only.

Regardless of the specific content to be offered, all sessions will include specific learning objectives to assist Conference participants in choosing the learning opportunities that best help them achieve their professional development goals.

  • The five core topic areas are:
  • Promoting Child & Family Well-Being
  • Shaping the Workforce: Strong, Capable, And Well-Supported Teams
  • Building On Strengths
  • Leveraging Community Assets
  • Partnering For Impact

Conference Approach

The 20th NCCAN will focus on the connections among research, practice and policy in a wide variety of subject areas related to our theme of Building Community, Building Hope. Our approach is guided by our recognition that effective practice, research, and policy in child maltreatment must be informed by all three dimensions. Innovative practices need further research before they may be ready for full-scale replication and expansion. A variety of research and evaluation methods are needed to address the range of questions coming from practitioners and policy makers. Effective policies must be grounded in sound research and data and an awareness of direct practice implications. Delivering services with quality must incorporate performance management and continuous quality improvement.

In addition, we recognize that we are all working within an interactive multi-level system with stakeholders that include policymakers, funders, technical assistance providers, implementing agencies (including public and private agency staff at all levels), researchers, community partners, and the families receiving services and supports. Sessions proposed for the Conference should emphasize how the content addresses the intersections and implications for practice, research, and policy in child maltreatment at multiple levels of the system.

Session Formats

The 20th NCCAN will have a variety of Session formats to include: Policy Forums which are half-day (3-hour) sessions, Workshops, Table Talks which are shorter, less formal presentations, Skills Seminars to engage participants in intensive, hands on training, and Poster Presentations.