The rights of 195 children have been broken
One of the basic findings is that children are the most unprotected where they should be the most protected (home, school, other institutions responsible for providing uninterrupted exercise of the children’s rights).“There were 105 calls on the SOS phone line for children and young during the first half of 2013 with which we later on communicated 481 times. The purpose of the additional communication is to inform the callers on the measures we undertake, the responses of the relevant institutions as well as their reports to us regarding all the changes that have occurred about the reported case.”, it is said in the statement to the First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi. It is explained that the total number of registered callers in the first half of 2013 is 105. Only 4 children had the courage to report violence or violation of some their right.
From Megjashi say that on the basis of the information which they have obtained with respect to a possible violation of the children’s rights and which are structured according to the number of children included in these cases, it is about a total number of 195 children in which there have been suspicions regarding possible violation of some their right. The most specific data that can be pointed out referring to the children included in the reported cases with respect to possible violations of their rights registered in the Children’s Embassy are:• Suspicion of political abuse of children – 40 children of the total number of children – potential victims of possible political abuse• Poverty – 38 children of the total number of children – potential victims, living on the edge of existence, in substandard conditions • Domestic violence – 32 children of the total number of children – potential victims, they were unprotected and exposed to violence with their family • Divorce proceedings – 19 children of the total number of children – potential victims of violation of the children’s rights in divorce proceedings. • Peer violence – 13 children of the total number of registered cases are potential victims of physical or psychological violence by their peers. • Suspicion of sexual abuse – 3 children were victims of sexual abuse or there has been a suspicion of sexual abuse by someone close or known to the child-victim.
Overview of the work of the SOS helpline
The SOS phone line for children and young has been operating for almost 20 years )since October 1993) and up to now 19.700 calls have been registered. The SOS phone line for children and young 0800 12222 represents a service for direct help and support for children, the young and their families. This phone line for help and support during all these years is a promoter of the children’s rights.
By a phone call, children may receive help and information, professional counsel, psycho-social support or simply to discuss the problems they face but they do not have someone to address. Therefore, the professional team of the SOS help line consists of pedagogues, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists and volunteers in these fields who in the conversations do not give prepared solutions, but they discuss the possibilities of resolution of the problem for which they have called.
European SOS help lines for children received almost 58 million calls in 10 years
The economic crisis influences the worsening of the condition of abuse and violence of children. Violence and abuse of children in Europe has doubled during the economic crisis, according to the last publication by Child Helpline International (CHI). The European SOS help lines for children received almost 58 million calls in a period of 10 years referring to reports on abuse, domestic violence, breaking families, conflict related to alimony. For all these problems, two times more reports were received in the first three years of the economic crisis, and they continue further to call intensively the SOS phone lines.
The publication “Voices of the little Europe” demonstrates that the calls related to any kind of abuse have been on the increase since 2009. In a period of 10 years, the reports for any kind of child abuse reached the number of 2.1 million reports. The children and young in Europe significantly suffer from issues related to relations with peers (2.8 million contacts), psycho-social and mentally-health issues (2.8 million contacts) and family relations (1.7 million contacts). Likewise, the number of contacting the SOS lines for children in regard to food and basic needs, sexual abuse, begging and child labour in the families has significantly increased.“It would be useful for the SOS phone lines for children to be recognizes as key tools of the systems for child protection in the European Union. Providing a concrete operating support in the new budget from 2014 to 2020 must find a way ensuring that the financing of such services of crucial importance should be a priority.”, said Mr. Antonio López-Istúriz, member of the European Parliament from Spain.
Child Helpline International (CHI) represents a global network of SOS phone lines for children working on child rights protection. CHI was founded in 2003 and it consists of 173 members in 142 countries . The SOS help line for children and young at the First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi has been a member of CHI since 2004.
The child SOS lines often are the first contact for support of the children who need any kind of protection. The SOS lines for children allow children to be listened to whenever they need to talk to in a safe and confidential way. The free of charge lines, online forums,, SMS, services and mail contacts enable children accessible and confidential way thus to obtain help.