At the bottom of this page you'll find pdf about BRIS in other languages.BRIS (Children's Rights in Society) is an NGO with no party political or religious affiliations that supports children in distress and is a link between children, adults and the community. All support services build on volunteer work and financial support, primarily from corporate cooperation and private persons, and to a small extent governmental grants.
The goal of BRIS’ support services is to strengthen the rights of children and young people and improve their living conditions, which is done with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a guide. BRIS shall support vulnerable children and young people in particular, and provide opportunities for children and young people to conduct a dialogue with adults.
Anonymously and free of charge
The core of the support services is the Children’s Helpline, the BRIS-mail and the BRIS-chat, which children and young people from around the country can use up to age 18 to safely, anonymously and free of charge call, chat and e-mail adults at BRIS.
Many thousands of children call and write to BRIS every year. The calls, chats and e-mails can deal with love and sexuality, bullying or abuse, joy and sorrow. One can turn to BRIS to talk or write about both large and small things.
Besides the Children’s Helpline, the BRIS-mail and the BRIS-chat, there is an adult helpline, BRIS Adult Helpline – About Children, where BRIS receives calls from adults who need someone to talk with about questions and problems concerning children. You can read more about all of the contacts with children and adults in the BRIS Report.
In May 2010 the site Barnperspektivet.se (~’Thechildperspective.se’), a BRIS for adults, was launched. Through Barnperspektivet.se BRIS wants to highlight children’s perspectives, spread and increase the knowledge about children’s needs and rights, support parents and other adults in their relationships to children and encourage adults to act on child maltreatment. On the site you will find articles, questions and answers as well as forums and a chat. Barnperspektivet.se have some sections in English. Visit Barnperspektivet.se.
BRIS also works to influence public opinion and decision makers, as well as increase the respect adults have for children as individuals. BRIS sees children and young people as its clients and works based on their needs. The knowledge BRIS gains through calls, chats and e-mail on the Children’s Helpline, the BRIS-mail and the BRIS-chat constitutes an important resource in the work to raise awareness of the needs of children and young people among adults, the public and decision makers. Long experience of contacts with children in distress has given BRIS collective expertise to be able to assess what measures are necessary in order to safeguard the rights of children and young people alongside the work carried out by public bodies and authorities.
BRIS was founded in 1971 and is active within five regions as well as a national association in Stockholm. Within each region there is an office with support services, employed personnel and volunteer workers. All have experience of working with children and young people and have passed the BRIS internal training programme.
» The BRIS Report is BRIS’ annual report on calls and e-mails to the Children’s Helpline and the BRIS-mail.
Visitor: Sveavägen 38, 5tr
Postal: Box 3415
SE-103 68 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 598 888 00
Fax: +46 8 598 888 01
The Children's Helpline:
The BRIS-mail and BRIS-chat: www.bris.se
BRIS Adult Helpline – about Children: 077-150 50 50
Membership and donations:
Postal giro 90 15 04-1
» The Children, BRIS and IT
An in-depth study of children’s contacts with BRIS concerning Internet and other ICT-related issues.