Bahrain plans hotline to help prevent 
child abuse

MANAMA - In order to protect children from any physical, psychological or sexual abuse, the government has decided to set up a hotline.

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Published: Sun 21 Nov 2010, 12:13 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:16 AM

The move aims at encouraging children to report cases of abuse, even if they are subjected to any abuse within their families, so that they can seek help from the au tho rites without any hesitation.

The Ministry of Social Development is reviewing the project with an international organisation, local newspaper Al Ayam reported

The project is inspired by the Child Helpline International Organisation which allows children to call and receive help of psychiatrists and specialists who will refer their cases to the authorities concerned.

The hotline will also provide social assistance to children.

The hotline is part of a national programme to provide foster homes for children who are victims of physical, psychological and sexual abuse within their family circles.

Children who are also being neglected by family members would be included in this new programme to be implemented by the ministry.

The services will be offered as temporary measures to protect children. The ministry’s programme aims at offering better life and security for children suffering from health, psychological and other social problems, as well as those lacking a healthy and safe family environment.

Children will be rehabilitated in order so that they can lead a normal life

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