50,000-plus calls to Child Helpline recorded

MORE than 50,000 phone calls have been made to the 1325 Child Helpline seeking assistance from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Child Helpline manager Arteshni Jaykisun said majority of the calls involved reports of child neglect and child abuse.

She made the comments while speaking at the National Prevention of Child Abuse and Child Neglect Day (PCAN) in Suva last Friday.

Ms Jaykisun, who is also a counselling co-ordinator for the ministry, said this year alone the helpline received 7500 genuine calls where children were able to access the services offered by the ministry.

“Since 2015, we have received close to 53,000 calls from children or adults on behalf of children who have been in need of support for the situation they were in,” she said.

“Main issues reported by these children are child abuse, child neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, gender based violence and violence in homes.

“Child abuse and neglect is a very complex problem that needs everyone to work together.”

Fijians can call the Child Helpline toll free number on 1325 to report any incident against children.

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