Sidra Medicine announced the launch a Child Advocacy Helpline – 4003 4000 – for children, families, caregivers and the community to report any form of child abuse or neglect they may have witnessed or that may have been inflicted on a child.
The helpline is operational from 7 am to 3 pm during weekdays. For afterhours, callers will be requested to leave their name and contact information and a Sidra Medicine representative will contact them the next working day.
Dr Khalid Al Ansari, Chair of Emergency Medicine and founder of the programme at Sidra Medicine said that every child deserves the right to be protected.
We work very closely with government and social services to ensure that the safety and care of children is of topmost priority. Our ultimate goal for the helpline is that it prompts children, families and the community to immediately report cases of abuse or neglect and to know that help is at hand.’
The child advocacy programme at Sidra Medicine offers treatment, care and counselling services and is dedicated to protecting children from abuse or neglect at home and in the community. It also collaborates with government agencies such as community policing and family support networks within the country.
To help build awareness about the advocacy programme and the helpline, Sidra Medicine recently commissioned a short film called ‘Sorry’, about a child going through the ordeal of abuse, with a call to action on how to seek immediate help.
The Child Advocacy Helpline is not an emergency service. In case of an emergency, please call 999.