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Child Helpline Receives Fake Calls

The National Child Helpline platform has received 6702 fake calls. Medical Service Pacific executive director and founder Jennifer Poole said the child helpline had received 33, 643 calls. “This has
12 Dec 2017 11:00
Child Helpline Receives Fake Calls
Medical Service Pacific executive director and founder Jennifer Poole. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

The National Child Helpline platform has received 6702 fake calls.

Medical Service Pacific executive director and founder Jennifer Poole said the child helpline had received 33, 643 calls.

“This has not stopped the children in calling 1325 to report on cases such as domestic violence,” Ms Poole said.

Children of any age can call the helpline from anywhere in Fiji for free, but most callers are between the ages of five to 18. Remember you are not alone, call 1325.

“Some were prank calls, silent calls, missed calls or testing calls,” she said.

Genuine callers would request assistance on issues of positive parenting, missing child, mental health care and child care advice.

“People use the helpline to report on cases like physical and emotional abuse, peer relationship, depression and family conflicts,” Ms Poole said.

“Some calls and cases have been referred to the courts.”

The helpline provides a platform for children and women to call and speak to counsellors, the identity of the caller and personal information are always protected.

Medical Service Pacific is working closely with the Ministry of Women to strengthen strategies for the elimination of violence against women and children.

Edited by Percy Kean

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