Before finding a solution to global issues affecting children, we must first have a keen understanding of how, why and where they occur. In this section, you can find our data publications – information collected from child helplines that we use to bring out the voices of children to the world, and to influence governments and policymakers to help and protect children and young people everywhere.
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For this paper, we analysed and presented data from 16 child helplines in Africa at the 2012 International Conference in Africa on Child Sexual Abuse in Ghana.
Only through collective action and commitment can we ensure a bright future for the next generation of children and young people across the globe.
Between 2003 and 2013, 8.5 million contacts were made with child helplines in the Americas and Caribbean, on issues ranging from mental health to natural disasters.
In the Middle East and North Africa, child helplines are often the first point of access for children suffering violence, international conflict, and health issues.
Although child helplines in Asia Pacific received 41 million contacts between 2003 and 2013, still millions more children and young people in the region do not yet have access to this essential service.
Many helplines in Africa find themselves filling the void where children lack support and protection on issues such as violence and sexual health.
The data collected from child helplines can be a call to action for governments and NGOs to align their programmes with the issues most affecting children and young people worldwide.