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Rise in calls to child abuse hotline
Saturday, January 4 2014
THERE has been an estimated 150 percent increase in the number of calls to the Childline 800- 4321 hotline daily, following the launch of a text message promotion of the free service in December.
“We have seen a drastic increase in reports of abuse of children and families since we started the promotion early last month. Childline went from about 80 calls per day to now about 200. These reports are forwarded to the National Family Services, where we have social workers on the ground and they investigate all reports of abuse,”said acting Director of National Family Services in the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development Antoinette Jack-Martin.
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