Kids to be able to make distress calls soon

The announcement was made during the Voice of Childhood Conference that is being held in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).



By Amira Agarib – Principal Correspondent

Published: Thu 30 Apr 2015, 11:47 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:24 PM

Dubai — The child helpline introduced by Sharjah will be emulated across the UAE in the next few months, the Human Rights Department of the Dubai Police announced on Wednesday. The announcement was made during the Voice of Childhood Conference that is being held in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

The conference was attended by Shaikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police; Brigadier-General Dr Mohammed Al Murr, Director of the Human Rights Department; and other senior officials. Participants at the conference unanimously agreed that family disputes and neglect are the main causes of violence and abuse suffered by children. They stressed the importance of the national service in cleansing the “souls of juveniles from impurities”.

The aim of the national service, they said, is not militarisation of the community but to maintain state security. Brigadier-General Mohammed Abdullah Al Mulla, Coordinator and Public Relations Officer of the National Service Authority, said the main problems faced by the project is the prevalence of obesity and diabetes among recruits. In fact, he said, 40 per cent are not athletes. Some suffer from behavioural and sociological problems.

He lauded the fact that youth with special needs above the age of 18 are demanding that they should be allowed to join the national service so that they can serve their country.

 

A unique conference

Major-General Al Mazeina hailed the conference as a first of its kind in the region. “The conference is aimed at attracting children of different nationalities to discuss issues related to them and educate them about their rights.”

He stressed that the UAE has had outstanding success in the protection of children’s rights.

Dr Mohammed Khalifa Al Ali, Head of the Interior Ministry’s Child Protection Centre, said the centre seeks to provide awareness and educational programmes for parents and groups working with children on how to deal with them and how to raise them properly.

amira@khaleejtimes.com


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