REPORT OF THE SOS PHONE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH 0800 1 22 22 (Toll Free) FOR 2011 AND FOR THE FREE LEGAL SERVICE FOR THE FIRST CHILDREN’S EMBASSY IN THE WORLD - MEGJASHI
Today (7th of February 2012) The First Children’s Embassy in the World organized a press conference to present the report of the work of the SOS phone for children and youth - 0800 1 2222 * (toll free) and free legal service for 2011.
In accordance to the Annual work program of the First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi for 2011, the ??report on the work of the SOS Children and Youth and the Free Legal Service has been made. The press conference presented the results from the analysis of the calls and the proceedings of last year.
The presentation of the report aims to inform the public about the problems that the children in Macedonia have, the reasons why they are calling on the SOS helpline, the difficulties faced by children and their parents / guardians in cases where their rights are infringed, and recommendations for improving the situation of children’s rights in Macedonia.
The SOS helpline for children and youth has registered 235 calls during 2011. Of the total number of calls only 15 children called to report. The remaining 220 are adults who called and reported a total of 462 cases of problems that the children have. That means that on average one call refers to two children.
The children are the least protected where they should be the most protected (home, school, other institutions that are responsible to ensure a smooth realization of the children’s rights
• 84 children of the total number of recorded cases were unprotected and exposed to violence in their families, which is 17.61% of all cases
• 86 children were unprotected and exposed to violence in their school, which is 18.03% of all cases
• 86 children were exposed to institutional abuse (problem in determining the jurisdiction and responsibility between state institutions, late response, violation of children's thinking in procedures that are important for the children, additional victimization and stigmatization of children who have already been victims ...)
Of the total 477 cases, 191 children were exposed to physical, psychological and sexual violence, unconcerned and neglect.
Children are silent and endure violence on a daily basis. They rarely report violence because they are afraid. They are disappointed and discouraged by their parents, their guardians, their teachers and the institutions that need help them and care for them.
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