Multi-sectoral responses to child abuse and neglect in Europe (Euro-CAN)

Logotype Euro-CanMulti-Sectoral Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect in Europe (Euro-CAN) is a COST Action network project with participants from a majority of European countries. 

In Europe, millions of children experience abuse or neglect at the hands of those who should care for them. Yet, how many of these children get help, which services they receive by which agency remains largely unknown. Moreover, countries are hardly aware which maltreatment turns fatal. This constitutes a major knowledge gap that is likely due to inconsistent ways of surveying and reporting on child maltreatment services across Europe. Without this information, we cannot know how the systems work, what additional preventive efforts are required, if the interventions fit the victims’ needs or if the most vulnerable groups are properly identified.

The proposed project addresses this gap by creating a network of experts in child maltreatment and relevant stakeholders and links them in working groups, in order to promote the development of a rigorous, consistent, and comparable methodology for the collection of surveillance data on child maltreatment and maltreatment-related fatalities. Researchers, policymakers, administrators and practitioners will identify best-practice methods of surveillance and recommend efficient ways of implementing them across Europe.

Participatory Research on Child Maltreatment with Children and Adult Survivors 

Book cover Participatory Research on Child Maltreatment with Children and Adult Survivors We are glad to announce that the working group 3 book Participatory Research on Child Maltreatment with Children and Adult Survivors edited by Maria Roth, Ravit Alfandari and Gemma Crous has been published.

You can download the book here

We presented the book in a webinar on Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023, 3-4 pm CET. 

Presentations from ISPCAN 2022


Material and slides from MC Meeting and workshops at the Euro-CAN meeting in Tallin, Estonia


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  • Establish the bases for ultimately mapping and evaluating agency responses to child maltreatment across European countries and across different health and social protection systems.
  • Create an open, interdisciplinary network for practitioners, researchers, survivors, administrators and policymakers.
  • Compile knowledge on national data collection efforts and document changes in national and pan-European legislation and policy related to CMS.
  • Support policymakers and researchers in improving comparability of data collection between (disciplinary) sectors of the child protection system and across countries.
  • Focus on the main capacity-building goal of advocating for and implementing an evidence base for national policies to combat child maltreatment.


Action leadership postions

Action Chair

Prof Andreas Jud, Germany

Action Vice Chair

Dr Gabriel Otterman, Sweden

WG 1- Definition and operationalisation of child maltreatment

Prof Leonor Bettencourt Rodrigues, Portugal
Dr Ulugbek Nurmatov, United Kingdom

WG2 - Promoting secondary analyses

Prof Catherine Quantin, France
Dr Laura Cowley, United Kingdom

WG 3- Promoting participatory approaches to child maltreatment surveillance

Prof Maria Roth, Romania
Dr Enila Cenko, Albania

WG 4 - Dissemination and multiplication

Ms Joanna Wlodarczyk, Poland

WG 5 - Covid 19

Dr Eva Mora-Theuer, Austria
Dr Chryssa Grylli, Austria

Grant Holder Scientific Representative

Dr Georgios Nikolaidis, Greece

Science Communication Manager

Prof Laura Korhonen, Sweden

STSM Coordinator

Dr Miroslav Rajter, Croatia

ITC Conference Grants Manager

Mr Athanasios Ntinapogias, Greece


Logotype EU Cost ActionCOST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks.

Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and beyond and enable researchers and innovators to grow their ideas in any science and technology field by sharing them with their peers. COST Actions are bottom-up networks with a duration of four years that boost research, innovation and careers.