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MoI Discusses Plans to Unify Efforts Regarding the Child Protection Hotline

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The Higher Committee for Child Protection (CPC) at the Ministry of Interior discussed plans to unify efforts of all relevant entities regarding the toll-free (116111) hotline, and to allocate the number as a federal helpline to facilitate reporting cases of child abuse and any incidence of suspected child abuse or neglect, by phone. Such cases may also be reported online via the CPC's website.

The MoI’s Higher Committee for Child Protection Ministry held its periodic meeting on Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, under the chairmanship of Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection. During the meeting, attendees underlined the importance of enhancing cooperation with partners, so as to achieve full protection to children from the various risks and dangers that may afflict them.

Furthermore, the Secretary-General stressed the need to dedicate greater attention to children’s psychological and emotional well-being, which would have positive impact on children, their family, school and society in general. Moreover, Major General Dr. Al Nuaimi reiterated the keenness of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior to follow-up on and support all efforts that would achieve the higher leadership’s objectives, to ensure family security and safety of the community. He also reiterated His Highness’s directives to ensure that the UAE becomes a hub of excellence for child protection.

On the same note, the Higher Committee for Child Protection praised the final statement issued by the second #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit, which was recently organized by the Ministry of Interior in Abu Dhabi. It also expressed its deep appreciation for the results achieved by the summit and the efforts that have been made that contributed to further elevating the UAE’s stature and reputation as a role model in the field of child protection worldwide.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Higher Committee for Child Protection’s partners, including Sara Shuhail, Director of the Ewa'a Shelters for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi and Moza Al Shoomi, Head of the Child Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs. Also attending were a number of the Committee’s members and senior officers.