Childline, Ireland’s 24-hour active listening service for children and young people, as delivered by the ISPCC, is reminding those collecting Leaving Certificate grades today that support is always available.
The Childline service is available online, by phone and by text to every young person up to the age of 18 in Ireland, 24 hours a day, every day.
Childline is confidential, non-judgmental and free to contact. The service is operated by trained volunteers and staff, with whom young people can talk about any issue which may be on their mind.
ISPCC Chief Executive John Church said: “This year has been a year quite like no other. Young people across the country have borne the brunt of much upheaval in this pandemic – they have been cut off from school, friends, extended family members and recreational outlets. Today, they are receiving Leaving Certificate grades in a brand new way. It is entirely understandable that they may be experiencing a wide range of emotions – from excitement, to worry and everything in between.
“It is important to remember that the Leaving Cert does not define a person, regardless of grades. There are several routes for progression open to young people – today’s results are just a stepping stone along the way.
“ISPCC Childline encourages young people who may have any worries or concerns to talk about how they are feeling with a trusted adult, or with Childline. Childline is always here to listen to any child or young person up to the age of 18 in Ireland. The service can be reached 24 hours a day, every day, by chatting online at Childline.ie, calling 1800 66 66 66 or texting to 50101. Further support and information content can also be accessed at Childline.ie.”