“I would like to congratulate our dearest children with the International Children Day and wish them the happy childhood time, successful life and joy in their families”, - the Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Sofo Kiladze stated at the briefing today.
She introduced the novelty developed by the Georgian Dream and the UNICEF for the last 2 months – the Child Aid Call Center developed within the Child Code and countering COVID-19.
“Let me introduce the Child Aid Call Center 111. We all know that the families with many children are vulnerable in many terms, and thus, the Georgian Dream decided to create the effective coordination mechanism between these families and the state services”, - she noted.
The Center will operate according to the “one-stop” principle and it accumulates all the services necessary - social, educational, healthcare, anti-violence etc.
The Committee will ensure oversight on the Center to deliver all the benefits to the children.
As S. Kiladze noted, the Call Center operates in a pilot mode since May 1 but today it will acquire the full intensity. “We have summed up the pilot results: 471 appeals for aid, and 229 families out of these 471 have already enjoyed the aid, 242 cases are pending and we do our best to provide these remaining families with aid”, - she stated.
She also announced the novelty related to the aid accessible for the children with the addiction to gambling and the drugs. “The children and adolescents with the addition to the gambling and drugs will have the opportunity to call 111 and be consulted by the psychologist. The consultations will as well be rendered to the parents of these children. We all know that many families encounter this problem – gambling and drug addiction and I believe these services will help many families. The project is developed in cooperation with the UNICEF and the Healthcare Ministry”.
She thanked the UNICEF Representative to Georgia, Ghassan Khalil and his team for financing the program.
She also thanked the Healthcare Ministry and the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee and its staff for their effective contribution.
UNICEF Representative to Georgia, Ghassan Khalil also enjoyed the floor and congratulate the children with the International Children Day: “It is the highest honor for me to be in the Parliament of Georgia and have the opportunity to congratulate the children. We take particular care and attach particular attention to the children and their families affected by the pandemic. Some families need the internet for distance education, some have special needs etc.”, - he noted and added that these people will have the support by the UNICEF, Parliament and Government.
The Parliament and especially the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee and its Chair have significantly contributed in this direction, he noted.