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10th International Consultation of Child Helplines (IC 2022)

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Convened by
Child Helpline International

Europe-Sweden

Hosted by
Bris, Sweden

Resilience: Children and Child Helpline in Times of Crisis

In 2020, mental health and violence continued to be the two main reasons for contact reported by our Child Helpline Members globally. Over half of all counselling contacts were related to one of these two topics, clearly showing that it is our members who are at the forefront of addressing the global mental health crisis that children and young people are confronting.

The IC 2022 will focus on the resilience of children and young people, especially with regard to their mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic and during extreme crises such as the Russian-Ukrainian War; how can child helplines further strengthen children’s resilience, and provide them with support to improve their situation?

Specific workshops will address the transversal themes identified in the Multi-Annual Plan 2021-2023— such as violence against children, children and young people’s health and wellbeing, and inclusive practices and non-discrimination. These transversal themes inform our advocacy and campaigning priorities for the next three years, underscoring the work of child helplines. In addition, they are aligned with the targets and indicators of the SDGs and universal children’s rights.

At the same, the IC 2022 will also look at the resilience of our Child Helpline Members,who have shown tremendous fortitude in the face of global lockdowns, the Russian-Ukrainian War and other conflicts, and the significant impacts on how child protection services have been able to operate as a result of these events. Specific workshops will look at issues affecting the work of child helplines, including quality and standards, data and research, technology and advocacy.

Resilience has seen us all successfully overcome enormous pressures in this last period, and against these odds we have pushed on, further and further, with our work. With even more determination, we will now come together in Stockholm to support each other and to celebrate our movement and our work, which is done tirelessly each and every day and gives children and young people a voice that will truly be heard.

How the transversal themes connect to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Violence against children: how can we protect and respond to children who have experienced violence, both online and offline?
This theme speaks to SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

Children and young people’s health and wellbeing: how can we enhance children and young people’s development and ensure that they can all realise their potential?
This theme speaks to SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger) and SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing).

Inclusive practices and non-discrimination: how can we ensure that all voices are heard and that all children and young people have access to child helplines?
This theme speaks to SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities).