In 1996, CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF) launched CHILDLINE, the country’s first toll-free telephone for street children in distress. It operates in 366 cities/districts in 34 States/Union Territories through its network of over 700 partner organization across India. A phone number that spells hope for millions of children across India, CHILDLINE is India’s first 24-hour, free, emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance. Whether you are a concerned adult or a child, you can dial 1098, the toll-free number to access our services.
CHILDLINE is a platform bringing together the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India, Department of Telecommunications, street and community youth, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, the corporate sector and concerned individuals.
CHILDLINE India Foundation independently chooses a Non-Governmental Organization Zila Yuva Vikas Sanghthan (ZYVS) on 6th February, 2011 to run CHILDLINE in Ambala to help children in need. ZYVS work to protect the rights of all the children in general. But our special focus in on all children in need of care and protection, especially the most vulnerable sections of India. We want to see a Child friendly nation that guarantees the right and protection of all children. Objectives of CHILDLINE are to reach out to every child in need in care and protection by responding to emergencies on 1098; awareness about CHILDLINE 1098 amongst every Indian child;to provide a platform of networking amongst organizations and to provide linkages to support systems that facilitate the rehabilitation of children in need of care and protection; to work together with the Allied Systems (Police, Health Care, Juvenile Justice, Transport, Legal, Education, Communication, Media, Political and the Community) to create child friendly system; to advocate services for children that are inaccessible or non-existent and to contribute & work towards strengthening and participating in a global movement that addresses issues related to child protection and ensures that children’s voices are heard.
CHILDLINE is always there to help children any time whether it is day or night. It works 24*7 to protect the childhood of the children from those who don’t value their innocence. Children make the Nation glow and children are the reason behind the happiness in each family. To protect their smile and the smile of their family, CHILDLINE is working.