ISPCC Childline is today reminding children, young people, parents and carers that support is always available for any child or young person experiencing abuse or facing any other challenge.
The free, non-judgmental and confidential Childline service is available 24 hours a day, every day, to any child or young person in Ireland up to and including 18 years of age.
Childline can be reached online at Childline.ie, by calling 1800 66 66 66 or by texting to 50101.
In the third quarter of 2020, Childline received almost 1,500 online contacts, calls and texts from children and young people in relation to physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect.
Unfortunately, child abuse does not stop in a pandemic. Childline’s Listening Services experienced an increase in contacts across all of its service options when schools closed in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Children and young people have continued to reach out in increased numbers online, for support in relation to a wide range of issues – including abuse and violence. They may not feel comfortable having their conversation overheard at home.
Child protection is everyone’s responsibility. It is important that if any individual has concerns in relation to the safety or welfare of a child, that these concerns are reported to An Garda Síochána or to Tusla.
It is important that every child and young person knows that there is always support available for them – no topic is too big or small to talk about with Childline.
Any child or young person in Ireland can contact Childline, at any time of the day or night, in the following ways:
Call: 1800 66 66 66