Port Blair, Feb. 28: The Directorate of Social Welfare hosted an enlightening online video conferencing session focused on the Child Helpline Number 1098. The virtual meeting brought together PRI Members, ASHA Workers, Health Workers, Women Helpline (WHL) members and Teachers, uniting them in a common cause to safeguard children's rights and welfare.

The session was inaugurated by Ms. Beena Das, Helpline Administrator (CHL). She elaborated on the operational aspects of the Child Helpline and emphasized the integral role it plays in our society.       Smt. Shvatha Priya, Call Operator (CHL), spoke about 'Disability in Children'. She shared insights on recognizing issues faced by children with disabilities and provided guidance on leveraging the Child Helpline (1098) for resolving these complex challenges.

Throughout the online session, engaged members participated in a robust discussion on various child-related issues, underlining the broader spectrum of problems that the helpline addresses. These ranged from immediate rescue and support for children in dangerous situations, to counseling and support services for longer-term issues.

Dr. Nitin Shakya, Director (Social Welfare), emphasized that the objective of these online sessions is to raise awareness among the society about Child Help Line 1098 and its significance in addressing child-related issues and concerns. He also said that every child receives timely and adequate assistance and that society as a whole is vigilant and responsive to the needs of its youngest members. The Child Helpline (1098) is a step towards creating a safer environment for every child and he believes that empowered and educated community members are fundamental in bringing about this change.