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Governor's Conference

SAVE THE DATE! The 48th Annual Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect will be in-person on Nov. 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, KS. The conference focuses on education, networking, recognition and addressing key issues regarding child abuse and neglect. Call for Proposals are open through June 7. And stay tuned for more conference details and registration opening in August.

Call for Proposals

The Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is acknowledged as the most comprehensive conference in Kansas regarding issues of child abuse and neglect. We invite you to share your expertise at the 2024 Governor’s Conference in Wichita, KS.

KCSL seeks session and workshop proposals that focus on prevention strategies such as the Protective Factors and/or steps to create safe, stable and nurturing relationships as defined in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Essentials for Childhood and the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ tracks.

5 Protective Factors

  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Nurturing and Attachment

Essentials for Childhood

  • Raise awareness and commitment to promote safe, stable and nurturing relationships and prevent child maltreatment.
  • Use data to inform actions.
  • Create the context for healthy children and families through norms change and programs.
  • Create the context for healthy children and families through policies.

KCSL strives to feature the best speakers in the field as well as fresh topics and diverse perspectives. We’re interested in engaging proposals that emphasize interaction, knowledge-sharing, skills-building and practical application.

Online submissions are preferred. Proposals will be accepted through June 7.

Requirements for Proposal Submissions (Institutes and/or Workshops)

  • Title no more than 100 characters long.  This will be used in all promotional materials. Please pick a title that correctly describes your presentation.
  • One-page proposal, 500 words or less that describes your presentation.
  • An abbreviated description of your workshop (50 words or less). Provide an accurate description of what will be covered during your workshop. This will be used in the conference registration material.
  • The workshop’s educational objectives (for CEUs).  These should be behaviorally stated and measurable. See examples below.
    • Identify characteristics of abusers.
    • List factors that contribute to child abuse.
    • Define mandated reporting and supporting.
  • A brief content outline.
  • A brief bibliography or list of resources used in your presentation (journals must be within the last five years, books within the last 10 years).
  • An abbreviated resume/CV for the primary presenter and any co-presenters.
  • A brief biography paragraph for the primary presenter.
  • Indicate the appropriate audience level (Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced) and length of presentation (60 or 90 minutes for workshops).
  • Enter the presenter’s and any co-presenter’s name and title (credentials, i.e. LBSW, Ph.D., etc.) as it should appear in the conference materials.
  • Indicate your preferred workshop session date:
    • Nov. 6 (Institutes only)
    • Nov. 7 or Nov. 8
    • No preference

About the Conference

Over 40 years ago, child abuse prevention leaders in Kansas established Prevent Child Abuse Kansas (PCAK) as it is known today and held the first state conference on child abuse prevention. In the early 1970s, the Family Life Achievement Center in Chicago decided to focus on the prevention of child abuse and formed a fifty-state, nonprofit organization known as Prevent Child Abuse America today. Kansas was chosen as the first chapter location in 1976 and the first-ever Governor’s Conference was held in the fall later that year. KCSL became the Prevent Child Abuse of Kansas chapter in 1993, thus overseeing the Governor’s Conference since. The Governor’s Conference ensures professionals working with children have proper training in the field of child abuse and neglect.

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