My Placement Agency

Childline was founded by Ms. Jeroo Billimoria, who was then a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai in 1996. Childline is an organization that provides a hotline (1098) for street children to call when they are in a crisis. Childline will provide protection and services to the children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Childline is able to link children to rehabilitation services, as well as long term care.

To date, Childline has tended to 36 million calls since 1996. Today Childline operates in 366 cities, is active in 34 States, and receives 6 million calls per year across India.childline pic

The agency’s target demographic includes:

  • Street children and youth living alone on the streets.
  • Child labourers working in the unorganised and organized sectors.
  • Domestic help, especially girl domestics.
  • Children affected by physical / sexual / emotional abuse in family, schools or institutions.
  • Children who need emotional support and guidance.
  • Children of commercial sex workers
  • Child victims of the flesh trade
  • Victims of child trafficking
  • Children abandoned by parents or guardians
  • Missing children.
  • Run away children.
  • Children who are victims of substance abuse
  • Differently-abled children
  • Children in conflict with the law
  • Children in institutions
  • Mentally challenged children
  • HIV/ AIDS infected children
  • Children affected by conflict and disaster
  • Child political refugees
  • Children whose families are in crises

Vision

A child – friendly nation that guarantees the rights and protection of all children.

Objectives

  • To reach out to every child in need of care and protection by responding to emergencies on 1098.
  • Awareness about CHILDLINE 1098 amongst every Indian child.
  • To provide a platform of networking amongst organisations and to provide linkages to support systems that facilitate the rehabilitation of children in need of care and protection.
  • To work together with the Allied Systems (Police, Health Care, Juvenile Justice, Transport, Legal, Education, Communication, Media, Political and the Community) to create child friendly systems.
  • To advocate services for children that are inaccessible or non existent.
  • To create a body of NGOs and Government organisations working within the national framework and policy for children.
  • To be a nodal child protection agency in the country, providing child protection services to children in need of care and protection.
  • To contribute and work towards strengthening and participating in a global movement that addresses issues related to child protection and ensures that children’s voices are heard.

All information was retrieved and can be found at http://www.childlineindia.org.in/1098/1098.htm.