The government grants 3 million to the parent helpline

Minister of Children and Families Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (Christian Democratic Party): Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

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The government will set aside 3 million in the state budget for a parent helpline to prevent violence against newborn children.

This is absolutely amazing. We are almost speechless, says General Secretary Ada Sofie Austegard of the Stine Sofies Foundation to Agderposten.

The phoneline is to be a part of Mental Health’s (Mental Helses) help phone, and it aims to prevent violence against newborn children.

Stine Sofies Foundation and Mental Health have put forward a proposal we want to support. This will help parents prevent violence themselves, says Minister of Children, Family and Church Affairs Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF).

According to the Directorate for Children, Youth and Family (Bufdir), around 21 % of all children have been subjected to violence, four in each school class. One in each class is subjected to severe physical violence.

An adult helpline can provide advice and support to those who find parenting difficult, and can help find other ways to handle children. Often you just need someone to talk to who understands, says Ropstad.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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