On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and World Children’s Day, we are delighted to inform you about the publication of a brand new Child Helpline International report.

Voices of Children and Young People: Child Helpline Data for 2017 & 2018 is an aggregation of all of the data collected by our network of child helplines over two consecutive years. The figures provide a reliable picture of the problems children are facing in their lives – by region and globally – and the reasons they are reaching out to child helplines for information and support. The child helplines who participated in our analysis are receiving, on average, in excess of 13 million calls a year, with more than 3 million of these calls each year coming from children and young people directly seeking help, advice and counselling. Our report, therefore, turns these many millions of reports and stories into one big picture of where in the world children and young people are facing injustice, abuse and danger.

A key finding of the report is the high prevalence of contacts from children and young people related not only to abuse and violence, but also to mental health issues. While there is a lot of variation from region to region as to why contacts are being made, these two issues appear to be of global importance.