CHILDLINE Andalucia has announced its inauguration in Spain as an official charity with a 24 hour online help service and child-friendly interactive website for southern Spain: www.childlineandalucia.org
Based on the UK model and working alongside Spanish authorities, Childline Andalucia aims to support the immediate needs of expatriate children and teens through dedicated and confidential support and advice.
For the first time in Spain, children from the expat community will have a dedicated contact point for dealing with issues including bullying, cyber bullying, drugs, domestic violence, abuse and suicide awareness. The helpline will also offer links for Spanish children to their relevant child care agencies.
The Website was officially launched on Monday, December 14 and a dedicated telephone service is due to follow in the New Year, plus there are plans to extend the service beyond the expatriate community.
In addition to providing expert support services Childline Andalucia will play a prominent role in educating children throughout Andalucia with a program to be rolled out at schools and other youth organisations and groups.
Tracey-Leigh Bennett, the founder of Childline Andalucia, said: “As of December 14, 2015, children will be able to contact a dedicated professional who will provide expert support for any sensitive issues they may have, via the contact form on the ‘Ask Ziggy’ pages of the website.” She went on to say: “the team at Childline Andalucia will be vetted, trained and experienced in dealing with issues of minors. We have great plans to expand our Service and look forward to organisations and volunteers in southern Spain working with us to achieve our aims. They can make a difference by contacting us at [email protected] or call our temporary number 0044 (0) 747 301 5088″