Media advisory - 074(2009)

Strasbourg, 10.06.2009

Workshop on creating a child helpline for Ukraine – A joint Council of Europe-European Union Project

Dates: 17-18 June 2009

Location: Yalta, Crimea (Ukraine)

Description: The joint Council of Europe-EU project "Women and Children's rights in Ukraine” will hold a workshop to discuss setting up a child helpline in Ukraine.

Child helplines were included as an essential tool for child protection during the 3rd World Congress III against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents in November 2008 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The workshop on “Building a child helpline in Ukraine” will provide the opportunity for practitioners and policy makers to discuss and evaluate the Ukrainian experience with a child helpline. The objective of the workshop is to set up the mechanism to strengthen the protection of children and children’s rights from abuse and trafficking through building up an effective child helpline instrument. In order to achieve that goal the project is co-operating with Child Helpline International (CHI) and will present the legislative framework and best practices in Europe within the ECC (Electronic Communication Committee) recommendation. It will prepare the ground for including Ukraine within the CHI network as well as make proposals for research and future co-operation in the field.

Some sixty participants representing the State Social Service and social services from all over Ukraine, telephone line operators, lawyers, the Ministry for Family, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education will participate in the workshop, as well as NGOs and international experts.

Practical information:

The event will take place in the premises of Hotel Palmira Palace, 12a Alupkinskoje Shosse, Kurpaty city-type settlement and is open to the press.

For registration please contact Tetyana Kulykovska, tel. +380 44 498 12 03,

More information is available at

Council of Europe:
Danuta Wiśniewska-Cazals, Head of Judicial Co-operation, Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Unit, tel.: +33 (0)3 88 41 28 51,
European Commission Delegation in Ukraine:
Sergey Polyuk, Sector Manager on Health and Welfare, tel.: +380 44 390 80 10,

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11