Rights Now Foundation

Educating volunteers – BRIS

BRIS supports children and young people in distress and is a link between children, adults and society. Rights Now has repeatedly granted aid for training for adults who meet and support children, so-called volunteer counselors, who after graduation man the Children’s Helpline, the BRIS-mail and adult phone. The most common reason for contacting BRIS in 2006, were family conflicts and mental illness spanning many symptoms like stress, insomnia, depression, eating disorders and self-harm. This training aims to develop the ability to converse with children and young people, to provide insight into the problems of child abuse, to provide knowledge about a child’s condition and to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of supportive calls and email communication with children. Other topics for training can be social and family law, “young, sex and the Internet”, children with disabilities, children’s rights and the responsibility of public authorities, etc.