Child abuse is a plague of unbelievable proportions around the globe that we as a society stand by and let happen helplessly. But HELP we can, and we must. Our organization picks this week are helplines for children around the world that can be contacted to report child abuse. #servicesaturday #children #helpline
Children are the most vulnerable lot and the most impressionable. It is said that the wealth of a nation is not in its economical or natural resources, but in the well being of its children.
In India for example, children constitute over one-third of India’s population of 1.21 billion people, which means India is home to 400 million children. Every sixth child in the world lives in India. Out of the 400 million children in India, every second child is malnourished. India has very effective laws to protect children and their rights, and the mechanisms to protect and rehabilitate children. The Ministry of Women & Child Development is the authority. //wcd.nic.in/. Yet, India’s child-related issues are many and complicated. Street children and youth live alone on the streets. Child laborers work in disorganized and organized sectors. Domestic help, underage girl domestic helps are common. Children silently go through physical/sexual/emotional abuse within the family, school or institution. Children who need emotional support and guidance are many. That’s not all. Children of commercial sex workers. Child victims of the flesh trade. Victims of child trafficking. Children abandoned by parents and guardians. Missing children. Runaway children. Children who are victims of substance abuse. Differently-abled children. Children in conflict with the law. Children in institutions. Mentally challenged children. HIV/AIDS infected children. Children affected by conflict and disaster. Child political refugees. Children whose families are in crises. The problems are many.
In Indonesia, In Cambodia, In Thailand, In Britain, In the US, In China – it is exactly the same thing. Child abuse is staggering across the world. It is really a plague of unbelievable proportions that we as a society stand by and allow to happen helplessly. But HELP we can, and we must. There are child helplines in many countries that we can call to report any kind of children’s abuse that we come across. A timely call could not only save a child but could send a message to the abusers that they are under watch not just by the law, but by every citizen. And they are not going to get away with tormenting innocent children.
Here is a short list of Child Helplines as an example – please check in your city or country for such organizations. If you let us know of any other organizations, we would be happy to add it to this list.
Phone: Dial 1098
Website: //www.childlineindia.org.in/CHILDLINE is India’s first and only 24-hour, free, emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance. Whether you are a concerned adult or child, you can dial 1098, the toll free number to access their services. Childline not only respond to the emergency needs of children, but also link them to services for their long-term care and rehabilitation.Other active campaigners for Child Rights in India:CRY: Child Rights and You //www.cry.org/
Stop Child Begging: //www.stopchildbegging.org/
Phone: 1800 55 1800
Website: //www.kidshelp.com.au/Kids Helpline is a free, 24 hour counseling service for young people aged 5-25 years. Counseling is offered by phone, email and over the web. Counselors respond to more than 5,500 calls each week about issues ranging from relationship breakdowns and bullying, to sexual abuse, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol use.
||ChildLine under NSPCC
Phone: 0800 1111
Twitter: //twitter.com/nspccThe NSPCC was founded in 1884 and their vision is still to end cruelty to children in the UK. The NSPCC protects children across the UK. NSPCC runs a wide range of services for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects. The NSPCC priorities are neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, disabled children, minority ethinic children, kids in institutions, and more.
|THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
||The United States has many national and state helplines to help children. Some are listed below:Girst and Boys Town
Phone: 1-800-448-3000 For deaf (TTY) 1-800-448-1833 – 24 hours / 7 days
Website: girlsandboystown.orgCovenant House
A place for kids (teens)Domestic Violence / Child Abuse / Sexual Abuse
Phone: 800-799-SAFE (7233) TDD 800-787-3224 Spanish speaking: 800-942-6908Missing / Exploited Children: 800-843-5678 7am – 11pm ESTYouth Advocacy Hotline (USA Kids): 1-800-USA-KIDS
Crisis intervention & travel assistance to runaways
Childhelp: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
For states, can visit the website of Department of Public Welfare under Child care for the child helpline.
Website: //www.kidshelpphone.ca/Kids/Home.aspxHelpline for Children for British Columbia
Phone: 310-1234. To use the Telephone Device for the Deaf, dial 1-866-660-0505
Phone: Dial 119
Website: //www.allo119.gouv.fr/englishMissing children – 116.000
||For more European countries:
Please visit //ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/about-116-helplinesFor more information worldwide.
Child Helpline International: //www.childhelplineinternational.org/