Child Helpline International was founded in 2003 when 49
child helplines from around the world joined forces with the
purpose of strengthening child protection systems and giving a
voice to children.
Ten years on and the CHI network has 173 members
operating child helplines in 142 countries.
In its decade-long journey Child Helpline International's
network has witnessed unprecedented expansion and has emerged as
the largest network of civil society and governmental organisations
in the world, raising the voice of children and young people at the
national, regional and international level. Its members strive to
provide counselling, care and protection to children and young
people, while advocating for the protection of their rights.
CHI has been actively engaged in strengthening existing
child helplines, lobbying for free-of-cost access to helplines by
children and young people, establishing new child helplines in
countries where they do not exist.
Over the years CHI has collected anonymous data on nearly 100 million
contacts made with child helplines in the world. This is a mine of
information that can inform policymaking, programme interventions,
as it underscores the issues faced by children and young people
over a period of 10 years.