Children

3409 calls to child helpline this year

Minister for Children Rosy Akbar says that people can use the National Child Helpline to report cases and seek advice on any child welfare cases. Minister Akbar said that of the total 3409 calls received from January to July this year, 400 were genuine calls. “The genuine cases identified have been referred to the relevant agencies […]

Calvin Prasad

September 13, 2015 8:03 am

Minister for Children Rosy Akbar says that people can use the National Child Helpline to report cases and seek advice on any child welfare cases.

Minister Akbar said that of the total 3409 calls received from January to July this year, 400 were genuine calls.

“The genuine cases identified have been referred to the relevant agencies for counselling, medical and legal advices. The Helpline currently operates from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week to cater for the 12 hour operation, we have counsellors working in shifts and they speak English, Hindi, Fijian and Rotuman. The Ministry is working together with MSP to extend the operations by making it a 24 hour helpline,” Minister Akbar said.

“All you need to do is pick up the phone and call 1325, because you are never alone when you are near a phone and you can help save someone’s life. So if you are aware that a child is being abused within his or her home or community please report these cases through the child helpline 1325.”

The analysis from the Helpline shows that 63 percent of the callers are women while 37 percent are men. Most of the callers are over 30 years in age and majority of the cases are in relation to child welfare, mental health care, elderly care, positive parenting and adoption processes. Young people are also using the Helpline to report child welfare cases and seek advice on addressing issues such as teenage pregnancies, peer pressure and family conflicts.

The National Child Helpline has been established by the Fijian Government early this year, in partnership with Medical Services Pacific (MSP) and the 3 major telecommunications companies which include Vodafone, Digicel and Telecom Fiji Limited.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.