Our network listens to children every day: here is where you can see why children call, their concerns, their fears and their successes, too. Invaluable information for anyone concerned with children’s rights and protection, no matter where you are.
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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.
Our data show the difficulties that children and young people encounter on a daily basis, but this is just the tip of the iceberg: these children and youth were the ones fortunate enough to have access to child helplines.
Between 2003 and 2012, child helplines in the European Union received an average of 478 calls every day.