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Over 5,000 Child Welfare Cases Reported to 112

The national emergency number Neyðarlínan 112 received 5,000 notifications relating to child welfare in the first ten years since cooperation between Neyðarlínan and the Government Office for Child Protection began, according to Landsbjörg search and rescue services.

The vast majority of cases are reported by the police and various institutions within the welfare system but the calls originate from 112 with requests for assistance because of domestic violence, sexual violence and other violence, among other issues, ruv.is reports.

Notifications relating to child welfare via 112 were however only 6 percent of the overall number of child welfare notifications. According to a report by the Government Office for Child Protection, child welfare notifications totaled 8,893 in 2014.

The largest number of calls to 112 were received in 2009-2011, up to 700 per year. The number of calls declined substantially in 2012-2013 but increased by 20 percent last year.

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