The origins of the “Today’s Children – Tomorrow’s Parents” journal are closely connected with the development in Romania, among professionals and academics, of the topic of child abuse and neglect prevention.
In October 1996, with the support of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and of UNICEF in Romania, a new Romanian NGO, Society for Children and Parents (SCOP), organized the first Romanian conference in the field of child abuse and neglect. The title of this conference was “Today’s children are tomorrow’s parents”. The conference logo, which was initially also used as the logo of the TCTP journal and appeared on its cover page, was kindly created and donated by a Danish painter, Ady Holzer. It showed a graphic image of a child begging and thus clearly at the mercy of any adult.
This 1996 conference, which was held in Baile Herculane, Romania, was attended by many professionals, academics and researchers from former communist countries including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Russia, Bulgaria and Estonia.
During the conference, Kari Killen PhD, a former president of ISPCAN, ran a workshop that focused on promoting the topic of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention within the former communist countries. The participants, the majority of whom were from those countries, requested training and opportunities to access information in the field. It was in this context that the idea of starting a journal focusing on child abuse and neglect prevention that could circulate among conference participants was launched. It was made clear that the participants would assume responsibility for producing the journal, with each country’s representatives doing so in turn. The plan was that every second year, a different country would organize the conference on child abuse and neglect prevention, and that this country would be responsible, during the two years between conferences, for the production and circulation of the journal. To facilitate this arrangement English was chosen as the medium of communication. A suggestion was made that the journal should be printed half in the language of the country responsible and half in English, for the benefit of other countries in the network.
In 1997-1998, the Romanian NGO Society for Children and Parents (SCOP) held six training sessions attended by Romanian professionals and academics as well as by delegates from other former communist countries.
The participants in the 1996 conference somehow vanished and none of the wonderful ideas about co-operation between countries came to fruition.
In 1999, the West University of Timisoara, in partnership with the Paris V University and the University of Liege, launched a TEMPUS project aimed at establishing a postgraduate program focusing on child abuse and neglect prevention.
In the same year, the Romanian participants in the 1996 conference, together with those who had participated in the training sessions held during the following two years, launched the National Society for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (SN-CAN), a professional organization for child abuse and neglect prevention.
Under the auspices of the West University of Timisoara and SN-CAN, the first issue of the TCTP journal was published, still within the TEMPUS project. For the sake of the French partners, the journal initially appeared in three languages: Romanian, French, and English. The representative of the main partner within the Tempus project, Prof. Serban Ionescu, became the President of the Academic Committee of the TCTP journal. His ideas had a great impact on the development of the journal. TCTP acquired its first Academic Committee.
At the suggestion of Prof. Maria Roth, one of the members of the Academic Committee, in 2004 the journal was validated by the Ministry of Education and was classified within the C category of journals.
In 2009, Prof. Karin Lunden and Kari Killen PhD, both members of the Academic Committee, drew up the guidelines for authors, based on APA regulations, and immediately after this the TCTP journal started its review procedure for articles. Colette Jourdan Ionescu, a member of the Academic Committee and Director of Revue Quebequoise de Psychologie, kindly donated the forms to be used in the review procedure.
Each issue of the journal covers a specific topic in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention and has as its co-ordinator a well-known professional in the field.
In 2010, the TCTP journal was first listed in the EBSCO databases.
In 2011, the TCTP journal was first listed in the Norwegian Social Science Data Services. At that point the journal’s website was launched and TCTP became available online.
In 2013, the TCTP journal was listed in the Copernicus Index database. In conformity with Copernicus Index criteria, TCTP began to include copyright declarations.
Starting with this year, 2015, the TCTP journal is listed in the ERIH database.
Currently we have applied for and are awaiting listing in the SCOPUS database.
This is a brief account of the beginnings of the journal in 1999 and its subsequent development. Today we are celebrating 16 years of continuous progress.
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