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Ramsey concerned over 50% rise in calls to Childline

16 January, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey said she is very concerned that, 48, 751 children and young people in North contacted Childline over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children and Young People said:

“It’s very concerning that nearly 50,000 children and young people in the North contacted ChildLine over a two week period at Christmas and the New Year and that this figure has increased 50% from last year.

“It’s clear that a time of year which should be a joyous and a happy occasion for many children, is in reality not the case.

“Increasing numbers of young children are trying to cope and deal with the aftermath of domestic violence and binge drinking in the family home.

“Often this is hidden away from the public eye and the only source they can access for help is the likes of Childline.

“It is really important that these children have someone to talk to. Organisations like Childline play a vital role in helping youngsters who feel they have no one else to turn to.

“We need to ensure that children know that there is help out there and such services are available. I would urge all schools, youth clubs and sporting organisations to have the numbers of the likes of Childline on their notice boards.”

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