Israel National Council for the Child
|המועצה הלאומית לשלום הילד|
|Purpose||Children's rights advocacy|
38 Pierre Koenig Street|
|Dr. Yitzhak Kadman|
The Israel National Council for the Child (NCC; המועצה הלאומית לשלום הילד), in Jerusalem, Israel, is an Israeli independent non-profit non-governmental organization that advocates for children's rights and well-being. The organization serves all religions, ethnicities, and income levels in Israel.
The NCC undertakes a number of activities in the interest of Israeli children. The NCC's ombudsmen, a position established in 1999 after a three-year test project, investigates thousands of potential violations annually.
In February 1990, the NCC published a report that concluded that abused and neglected children in Israel faced a shortage of juvenile court judges and a case backlog, and suggested the creation of a country-wide children-protection authority.
In 1998, the NCC created the Child Victim Assistance Project, managed by an attorney, to provide child victims and their supporting families with information, and with support and advocacy services.
The NCC has sought for many years to terminate corporal punishment against children within Israel. According to Director Yitzchak Kadman, even slaps are "not ethical and not educational and [have] destructive results".
In December 2007, the NCC's Executive Director warned of "the potential damage to the mental health of a child exposed" to pedophiles online, and warned that maintaining child pornography on a computer is not only illegal but has the effect of providing support for an industry that causes harm to children.
In 2010, the NCC helped draft a Knesset bill providing state compensation to minors who suffer physical abuse or sexual abuse. In November 2011, NCC's Executive Director noted that as of the spring of 2011, due to a legislative amendment that the NCC had started, Israeli law forbids employing any person in Israel who has been convicted of child pornography issues.
In January 2012, the NCC reported that over 1,000 Israeli children and teens were considered missing, and said that the number could be decreased by improving information flow between the Israeli Ministry of Welfare and Social Services, the Ministry of Education, and the Israeli police. Most of the missing children (980) were over 12 years old; 14 were between 1–5; and 76 were ages 11–16.
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