|The first centre in Kyrgyzstan has opened in Bishkek to provide assistance to children who have suffered violence and cruel treatment|
(Bishkek, 16 December 2011) - “We adults should do all we can to protect children from violence, neglect and abuse,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan, at the opening ceremony. “We hope that this Centre will be a model for the creation of a nationwide child protection services.”
Thespecial reaction service was created to provide timely legal and psychological assistance to children who have suffered violence and cruel treatment in the family, at school or outside. The model has been tested for almost two years by the Bishkek Mayor’s Office, the Ministry of Social Protection, the Interior Ministry and the non-governmental League of Child Rights Defenders, with consultative and financial support from UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan.
“One of the priorities of the Social Protection Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2012-14, as approved by the Government on 13 December 2011, is the creation of a specialised system of social services to help children without parental care, and children who suffer violence in the family, on the street or in residential institutions,” said Aigul Ryskulova, Minister of Social Protection, at the ceremony.
Special mobile teams, made up of representatives of city social protection, healthcare and education services, as well as law enforcement agencies, will work in all districts of Bishkek. On receiving information of a threat or case of violence, the trained mobile teams will be able to mobilise rapidly to provide urgent assistance to the child. A helpline will be in operation at the Centre, which can be used by children and adults for help with protection from violence or to receive qualified assistance from specialists.
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