At the 2015 IPA Congress in Boston, members of a number of IPA committees who work with children and adolescents participated in an Inter-Committee Meeting on Child Abuse. The Inter-Committee Project on Child Abuse will continue this work and make IPA members and people outside of IPA more aware of the need for education, advocacy, prevention and intervention regarding child abuse. It is a collaborative project involving six IPA committees: COCAP, COWAP, the Psychoanalysis and Law Committee, the WHO Committee, the UN Committee, and the Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Families and Couples Committee.
Ways of working and reporting
The Inter-Committee Project on Child Abuse will be expected to do most of its work electronically, using Skype, GoToMeeting, or other free-to-use communication systems. The Project, like all IPA committees, will be expected to be self-supporting for secretarial and other purposes. Any face-to-face meetings should take place, so far as possible, adjacent to IPA or regional congresses. The Chair of the Inter-Committee Project will provide a written report to the Board at least annually.
This is an inter-committee project, whose membership will be drawn from already existing IPA committees. (The members of those committees will be appointed in the usual way, by the President of the IPA and with the consent of the Board of Representatives.)
Composition of the Inter-Committee Project
The Inter-Committee Project on Child Abuse will consist of one representative from each of COCAP, COWAP, the Psychoanalysis and Law Committee, the WHO Committee, the UN Committee, and the Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Families and Couples Committee, plus one IPSO Representative. One of these representatives will be designated as Chair. Efforts should be made to ensure each IPA region be represented within the Inter-Committee Project.
The Inter-Committee Project on Child Abuse has been formed by the IPA Board of Representatives on the understanding that there will be no separate budget for the Project: any potential funds required should come from the budgets of the six committees involved with the project. The Inter-Committee Project will have access to the web and email support services offered by Broomhills.
Board approved April 2016