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International Children's Helpline Day – Hope For Children's helplines for the children of Cyprus

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Every year, May 17 is celebrated and commemorated as World Children's Helpline Day.

Helplines play an important role as they offer protection and support to children and young people, giving them the opportunity to be heard and get immediate help for issues that concern them.

In particular, helplines are instrumental in preventing, identifying and supporting victims of various sensitive issues. Such services collect and analyze reliable data concerning sensitive issues, thereby contributing to the development of policies and practices. In addition, helplines contribute to the accurate monitoring and impact of important actions taking place at the local, regional, and even global level. At the same time, they help raise public awareness of the work being done in this area.

The ultimate goal of the helpline for children is to improve their lives and the quality of their everyday life, allowing them to fully utilize their potential within society for their well-being.

The “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centeras a humanitarian organization that provides services to support children and defend their rights, operates the following Helplines:

  • Hope For Children Helpline 1466: Free telephone support to all children and families in Cyprus. The helpline operates on a 24-hour basis every day and at weekends and provides psychological, social and legal support, advice and guidance on issues related to child protection.
  • European helpline for children and teenagers 116111: Open Monday to Friday from 12:00 noon to 20:00 and every Saturday from 9:30 to 14:00. In Cyprus, the European Helpline operates with the cooperation of HFC and SPAVO. The hotline gives minors the opportunity to talk about anything that concerns them.
  • European hotline for missing children 116000: Operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Helpline 116000 aims to prevent as well as handle cases of missing children and facilitate access to support services for relatives of missing children. The line operates with the cooperation of HFC and SPAVO, and with a cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Justice and Public Order and the Cyprus Police.

HFC is a member of Child Helpline International (CHI), international organization with 166 members from 139 countries and territories around the world. CHI coordinates information, knowledge and data used to assist and support child protection systems worldwide, as well as to help their members advance children's rights. It is also a member of Missing Children Europe.

For more information about the Helplines you can call the “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center on 22103234 or go to the website www .uncrcpc.org.cy

Source: eurokerdos.cyprustimes.com

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