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Children’s Counseling Office

About the Children’s Counseling Office

This office offers consultation services about children under 18.
Consultations can be done in person and also via telephone.
Know that you are not alone; please feel free to call us toll-free. Everything discussed will be kept in the strictest confidence. This is a free service.
  Hours: 8:30 am to 5:15 pm (weekdays)
(If necessary, you can make an appointment to talk)

Services Available

Our specialized staff, including child welfare officers and therapists, are here to support the needs of each child and to help find solutions to issues and offer advice for each situation.

  Services include:
   ・ Psychological diagnosis, counseling
   ・ Information on facilities which can help
   ・ Working together with schools, the police, and other related organizations
   ・ Temporary custody
   ・ Helping to put children into protective service care
   ・ Foster Parenting (Japanese), as well as other similar services

Consultation Topics

   Child Development Issues
    For example:
   ・  My child still hasn’t learned to talk yet
   ・  My child doesn’t seem to understand what I’m saying
   ・  I think my child might be developing slower than the others
   ・  My child has a physical disability
We offer counsel regarding child development issues and mental/physical disabilities. 
 
   ◆ Personality Disorders, Acting Out, Parenting
     For example: 
   ・  My child doesn’t play with their friends
   ・  My child is fidgety/bites their nails/often violent and extremely selfish/has started

lying
   ・  My child wets their pants/can’t stop sucking their fingers
   ・  My child doesn’t want to go to school/kindergarten
We offer counsel about personality disorders, acting out, shut-in behavior, frequent absenteeism, and more.
               
   ◆  Delinquency
      For example:
   ・   My child is out late at night/often doesn’t come home
   ・   My child was caught shoplifting/often takes money from the house
   ・   My child doesn’t go to school/acts violent towards their parents 
   ・   My child is huffing paint thinner

We offer counsel regarding all delinquent behaviors. 
 
   ◆ Child Raising Issues
      For example:
  ・   There’s no one to take care of the child as their guardian has been hospitalized
  ・   A child’s parents have left them: is there a facility which will take care of them?
  ・   I’m feeling anxious and scared about raising my child/I’m stressed out and angry

every day
We offer counsel for those who can’t raise their kids due to illness (or other reasons), and for those feeling anxious/stressed about raising children. 
   ◆ Abuse
       For example:
   ・    There’s a child who howls and cries every night in my neighborhood
   ・    There’s a child at kindergarten with lots of bruises on their body
   ・    There’s a child who plays until late and doesn’t seem to want to go home
   ・    It seems like there’s no parent or guardian at home to take care of the child
   ・    I know it’s wrong, but I’ve been hitting my child

We offer child abuse counsel and accept reports of abuse. 
 Counseling over the phone is available 24 hours a day, including nights and weekends.

Working Together to Stop Child Abuse

Abuse prevents the healthy growth and development of children, and leaves lasting damages both physically and psychologically.

If you suspect child abuse, do not hesitate to contact the Children’s Counseling Office.
Everything discussed will be kept in the strictest confidence. Early detection, early action saves lives – help us put a stop to child abuse.

Notes About Child Abuse

◆ Child abuse refers to cases in which physical and/or psychological trauma are inflicted on children by their parents or guardians. It can also refer to cases in which the healthy growth and development of children is hindered by their parents or guardians. It’s a serious social issue which poses a real and present threat to the lives of children.
◆ Types of Child Abuse           

Type

Explanation

Physical abuse

Causing bodily injury or pain (punching, kicking, etc)

Neglect

Neglecting/refusing to care for a child, i.e. not feeding them or bathing them; ignoring physical abuse inflicted by a household member

Psychological abuse

Inflicting psychological damage with words like “I wish you were never born,” and other harmful words; psychological wounds from DV

Sexual abuse

Engaging in sexual acts or sexual violence

◆ Citizens are obligated to report cases of suspected child abuse to the Children’s Counseling Office or the Child/Family Consultation Corner of their local ward office.

Early detection, early action saves lives. Help us in the fight against child abuse.

Inquiries

Tel: 082-263-0694 // Fax: 082-263-0705
E-mail: jiso@city.hiroshima.lg.jp
Address:
The Hiroshima City Children’s Counseling Office 4F
2-15-55 Hikari-machi, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima City 732-0052 


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