Child Line India Foundation (CIF) will have to hunt for a new organisation to operate the 1098 helpline in Trichy as Sisters of the Cross Society for Education Development (SOC-SEAD), the Trichy-based NGO has suspended its service because of administrative difficulties conveyed officially which has taken effect from March 31.
As per the director of SOC-SEAD, Sr. I Josephine Chinnarani “We have too many projects. So, we are unable to run Child Line,”
The SOC-SEAD had been working with the CIF since the launch of ChildLine helpline for two decades and has dealt with calls from children seeking medical help, shelter and protection from abuse as well as emotional support and guidance. The abuses were classified into five – child marriage, child labour, child begging, physical abuse and child sexual abuse.
The CIF has the responsibility of finding a suitable NGO to take charge as the child helpline agency in Trichy and the process to select the new NGO is yet to commence.