Webinar: Child helplines, GBV and Covid-19

Article date: April 2021

 

1. Context

Child helplines are unique, low-threshold platforms where children and young people can freely express their thoughts, feelings and needs, and seek help on their own terms without fear or inhibition.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, child helplines have experienced a surge of calls from children and young people in need of support, reportedly as much as 30% according to Child Helpline International.

According to Plan International, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on girls globally: “Girls, especially those most marginalized, are predicted to be particularly affected by the secondary impacts of the outbreak due to harmful social norms and double discrimination based on age and gender.”

 

2. Concept note

In August 2020, Plan International and Child Helpline International launched a concept note to support child helplines in addressing GBV during the pandemic. We believe that children and young people, specifically girls, are at a greater risk of gender-based violence (GBV) during this pandemic, specifically:

1.     Child, early and forced marriage;

2.     Female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C); and,

3.     Sexual violence, including (online) child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Here you can find a good practice example of collaborating to address gender-specific needs during the Covid-19 outbreak – Plan International Cambodia and Child Helpline Cambodia.

3. Upcoming webinar – June 2021!

In order to engage our 2020 concept note, CHI and Plan are excited to launch a webinar on the theme of child helplines, GBV and Covid-19.

 

Objectives of the webinar

  • To raise awareness of the crucial role of child helplines during the pandemic and within child protection systems, specifically in responding to GBV.
  • To promote the CHI-Plan collaboration and joint response to COVID-19 (as per the concept note).
  • To engage with Plan offices on how to implement the collaboration.

 

Target countries

AustraliaFinlandJordanNigeriaTanzaniaZimbabwe
BelgiumGermanyKenyaNorwayThailand
CambodiaHong KongLaosPeruUganda
CanadaIndiaMozambiquePhilippinesUK
DenmarkIrelandNepalSpainUSA
EthiopiaItalyNetherlandsSwedenZambia

 

Agenda

TimeAgenda ItemDescriptionSpeakers 
14:00 – 14:05OpeningWelcome, objectives and agendaPatrick Krens, Executive Director, CHI; and, Raša Sekulović, Regional Head of Child Protection and Partnerships, Plan International Asia-Pacific Regional Hub
14:05 – 14:25Past activitiesOur journey so far, including CHI-Plan MoU and other earlier collaborations
Hearing from child helplines
Helen Mason, Director of Operations, Child Helpline International
TBC
14:25 – 14:45Present activitiesOur continued journey, including CHI’s technical note, and CHI’s Covid-19 data fact sheets and briefing papersHelen Mason, Director of Operations, Child Helpline International
Richard Ombono, Senior Senior Programme Manager, Child Helpline International
TBC
14:35 – 14:55Future activitiesOur future journey, including CHI-Plan’s concept noteHelen Mason, Director of Operations, Child Helpline International
Raša Sekulović, Regional Head of Child Protection and Partnerships, Plan International Asia-Pacific Regional Hub; and, Laura Holliday, Project Coordinator, Child Helpline International
14:55 – 15:00 Closing Next steps, and closingPatrick Krens, Executive Director, CHI; and, Raša Sekulović, Regional Head of Child Protection and Partnerships, Plan International Asia-Pacific Regional Hub

Languages

This webinar will be held in English with Spanish translation available.

 

Date and time

We will host one webinar on 8 June at 2pm CET. You can register in advance here.