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Victims of child abuse would be able to get assistance around the clock through a new 24 hour communication centre established by the Probation and Child Care Services Department.

The service which began on September 1 provides assistance at any time of the day to victims of child abuse through the phone number 0112713039.

Asked as to why such action was taken, the Commissioner of the Probation and Child Care Services Department G. P. D. Somaratne said that under the new programme the information relating to child offenders and child victims could be communicated to the department even after office hours. Mr. Somaratne further said that if a child victim contacted this communication centre at night, he/she would be temporally held in a child protection centre. 

“This process would provide care and protection to the child victims before they were produced in Courts. Currently we are operating this service in the Western Province as a pilot project,” the commissioner said.

The department requests the public to provide information relating to child victims and child offenders through the following:

Tel: 0112713039
Fax: 0112713257
Email: prob24hours@yahoo.com

(By Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

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  • Anonymous Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:23 AM

    This is really good thing for now. However someone has to closely monitor weather it is happening it well or not. Better example to Matara rape case. We should punish them to in public. Otherwise we have to leave this country and this will be a bad country in the world. Anyway I am personally thanks to all of them who brought up this bright idea.

    Indira Dias Tuesday, 06 September 2011 05:50 AM

    It is sad to note that there are children being abused at Ranmutugala Girl School which is governed by Probation and Child Care unit it self. They must do a independent inquiry to eliminate those abuses of girls at that school.

    Lalindra mendis Tuesday, 06 September 2011 06:17 AM

    I called one to the number given. they were very rude for me .
    need some kind of decipline at this location. they do not want to reveal the name of the person who answered the call.
    Will this be success?

    citizen Tuesday, 06 September 2011 07:32 AM

    Yes we preach a lot & sadly though we don't
    practice.

    jadg Monday, 05 September 2011 04:59 PM

    What about the culprits?

    Hiran Jayaratne Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:35 AM

    BUT what for? the past few months I have been seeing that the 1929 hotline has been taking on the news, and been doing a super job, so why do we need another hotline?? just to confuse children? or anyone who has a complain??
    I guess the child care comissioner just wants to get some marks and wasting public funds so he can show that he is doing something...I believe there are many more things to be done in this country than duplicating well functioning services..


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