Child Helpline Belarus

Objective: the project aims at the struggle against violence towards children through giving to children, parents, specialists and other people free access to the possibility to inform on an act of violence against a child and for a child victim and his or her family to get emergency psychological aid via telephone. 

The problem of violence against children is topical for Belarus as well as for any other country. In comparison with developed countries possessing modern systems of violence exposure and administrating aid to child victims, more than 90% of cases of violence in Belarus are concealed.
There are some main reasons for the high level of criminal latency of this kind. First of all, it is an ineffective system of violence exposure, distrust of citizens towards the police and other law-enforcement authorities, the low accessibility of emergency, anonymous and quality psychological aid.
 
By the order of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus the creation of Child Helpline was entrusted to the Republican Research and Practice Centre of Mental Health. International Non-governmental Organization "Ponimanie" – an associate member of Child Helpline International – has become a partner in this initiative, being. In its turn, "Beltelecom" has allocated a "green line" 8-801-100-1611 for this project.
 
The creation of Child Helpline has become a model example of state and private sectors partnership, with the participation of two key government authorities (Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus and Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus), a public institution (the Republican Research and Practice Centre of Mental Health), a state unitary enterprise ("Beltelecom") and a public association (INGO “Ponimanie”). Child Helpline International, Child Line Lithuania and the representatives of Teenage Hotline 315-00-00 (Minsk) have prepared and submitted the materials for Child Helpline.
 
Child Helpline International Internet address – www.childhelplineinternational.org