Minister of Labour & Social Development inspects Child Protection Centre

 

Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan has paid a visit to the Child Protection Centre here, and got assured about the work flow there and the quality of the services provided for children suffering from ill-treatment or negligence to treat them and re-integrate them into society.

The minister was informed about the mechanisms in place to assess and follow up on children who are subjected ill-treatment, physical and psychological harm, negligence and sexual abuse, and to create a child-friendly environment, in coordination with the relevant sides, including the Education Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Public Prosecution, the Health Ministry, as well as psychological, social and legal specialists.

He was informed about the proposals of experts on the need to raise the awareness of all social segments on the importance of calling the toll-free Child Help Line (998) which is devoted to receiving reports of any form of child abuse or violence to avail of the facility’s services. He also discussed with them ways to further activate the role of Child Protection Centre, as part of efforts to implement His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa’s directives to re-consider child-related legislation to ensure that tougher and more deterrent punishment is inflicted on whoever targets children or abuses them, and to activate the role of the Labour and Social Development Ministry’s Child Protection Centre.

Humaidain expressed satisfaction with the existing cooperation and complementarity among the centre’s staff, and directed to increase the number of employees and activate the Child Help Line (998) in the evening. He also directed to allocate an office for family guidance to ensure protection for children suffering from domestic and social violence.

The Labour and Social Development Ministry said that 620 had benefited from the Child Protection Centre in 2015, while the number of beneficiaries has reached 335 in the first half of this year.

The 998 Child Help Live had received 1200 calls, the ministry also said.

The Bahrain Child Protection Centre was among the pioneering projects implemented by the then Ministry of Social Development in 2007 to provide various kinds of protection to children suffering from domestic and social ill-treatment or abuse.