Kids As Young As Nine Branded 'Terrorists' In Wave Of Bullying Following UK Attacks

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Children as young as nine have been branded “terrorists” by their classmates following recent attacks on the UK, Childline has revealed. The advi...

The 4 Things Parents Should Be Doing In Wake Of The London Terror Attacks

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents

Parents who are unsure how to speak to their children about the recent terror attacks in London should ensure they “listen to their fears”. Nation...

It's Time To Face The Facts On Children's Mental Health

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Peter Wanless

For a number of years the NSPCC and several other charities and health organisations have been ringing the alarm bell about the state of young people'...

8 Steps For Parents Who Are Worried Their Child Is Lonely

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents

It is common for parents to worry about whether their child has enough friends, or gets on well with their peers at school. And now Childline has reve...

One Child Every 11 Minutes Contacted Childline For Mental Health Issues Last Year

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Parents

More than 50,000 young people were counselled by Childline for serious mental health issues last year, the charity has revealed. The statistics, relea...

Why Is The Government Dragging Its Feet On Grooming Law?

Peter Wanless | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Peter Wanless

Imagine discovering that your child had been sent a message by an adult, on social media or through a mobile phone app, asking whether they liked sex or what kind of underwear they were wearing. You'd probably feel a mixture of anger, panic, fear and revulsion. You'd want to take action. You might go straight to the police and tell them what had happened. But the police may not be able to do anything.

Harrowing Police Film Prompts Dozens Of Online Grooming Reports From Children

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Dozens of children have come forward with reports that they are being groomed online after watching a video based on the tragic murder of 15-year-old ...

Getting Our Children Out Of Harm's Way

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

There can be few things more distressing for a parent or guardian then when their child becomes so unhappy or upset that they feel compelled to self-harm. It is therefore deeply worrying that more and more children and teenagers in this country are being hospitalised after deliberately hurting themselves.

Children's Mental Health: Lack Of Data Or Heads In The Sand?

Prof Dame Sue Bailey | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK
Prof Dame Sue Bailey

If we're serious about improving the mental health of young people, we need a sea change in our approach to monitoring the issue. A prevalence survey once every 14 years simply isn't good enough. It's time to recognise children's mental health as a national asset, and do everything we can to understand, strengthen and protect it.

We Cannot Risk Creating A Generation Of Children Who Feel Worthless, Cut Off And Alone

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK
Peter Wanless

We have to make sure that all children know that they won't be abandoned to deal with the stresses and strains of life. Wen you know someone is listening, things can and do get better. The first conversation might be the hardest, but plucking up the courage to speak to someone is the first step.

Children Are Being Turned Away By Mental Health Services, Warn NSPCC

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents

Mental health services are turning away one in five children who are referred to them, according to a report by the NSPCC. Statistics from 35 Menta...

Why We Should Worry About Stressed-Out Kids

Sarah Millington | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Millington

What is important is that I keep reinforcing the message that she can do anything she sets her mind to. I sent her on pack holiday with a letter telling her how brave she was and that, having faced this challenge, the next one would be that little bit easier. I also encouraged her to let her little light shine - something we have previously discussed - and told her that, as long as she did this, she would be just fine. It is a message we should be giving all children.

Modern World Driving Children to Despair

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

Every year the NSPCC shines a spotlight on the troubles children choose to contact us about via ChildLine. This year the glare starkly exposes the gro...

In the Fight for Our Children's Mental Health, Previous Generations Must Not Be Forgotten

Martin Barrow | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

By describing children's mental illness as an epidemic without precedent we are denying them a sense of perspective. We are building barriers between generations when we should be sharing experiences that may, at the very least, offer comfort in difficult times.

Teens Need to Be Aware of 'Revenge Porn' Risks Too

Claire Lilley | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK
Claire Lilley

'Sexting' is playing an increasingly insidious role in young people's relationships. So there is clearly a need to educate children about the risks of this behaviour to them and other young people whose images they share.

We Cannot Fail Children By Shying Away From Talking About Porn

Sue Minto | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Sue Minto

We know porn can be a difficult subject to talk about but young children have easy access to it - long gone are the days when this material was confined to the top-shelf of a newsagents. Children who are trying to learn about sex and relationships can access unlimited porn online, for free, 24 hours a day.

Incredibly Young Children Are Making Sexually Explicit Videos

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK

More than one in 10 children (12%) aged 12 to 13 have made or been part of a sexually explicit video and 9% are worried they are addicted to pornograp...

Child Helplines From Around the World Unite in London

Peter Liver | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Peter Liver

Our report released today On the Edge showed a huge increase in children getting in touch about suicidal feelings. Last year (April 2013 - March 2014) we held 34,517 counselling sessions with children who talked about having suicidal feelings - 116% more than three years ago. Nearly 6,000 of these children had told a counsellor that they had previously attempted to take their own life.

We Can All Help Make the Internet a Safer Place for Children

Claire Lilley | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Claire Lilley

It's easy to feel overwhelmed and to see the online world as an unchained monster. But it is here to stay. So let's agree that the internet is not an uncontrollable force, but something instead for us as individuals and a society to own, shape and improve.

Salford Police to Online Harasment Victims: 'Close Your Facebook Account'

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

A Greater Manchester Police force came under fire yesterday for appearing to downplay the seriousness of online harassment. In a Facebook status, GMP Salford East posted: "If you are being 'Harassed' on facebook please follow these instructions: 1. Close your facebook account".

How You Can Help End the Cyberbullying That Caused My Daughter to Take Her Life

Gabbi Dix | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabbi Dix

I'm a single mum and Izzy was my only child. My old life has now gone forever and I'm struggling to make sense of my new one. This campaign won't bring Izzy back. But it will spread awareness about the potential dangers of and bullying in general to parents and teens - and could save lives.

Listening to Children Must Be at the Heart of Child Protection

Peter Wanless | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

There is a sad and recurrent theme in many of the worst child abuse scandals - of a child's voice not having been heard. Poor Daniel Pelka, seen looking through bins for food at his school but whose suffering at the hands of his mother and partner was not discovered until it was tragically too late...

It's Been a Positive Year in Tackling Child Abuse, and Your New Year's Resolution Could Make Next Year Even Better

Peter Wanless | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

How about a resolution that will change other people's lives and yours too? ChildLine is urgently seeking volunteers to go into schools to talk directly with nine-11-year-old children about different forms of abuse and about staying safe. You don't need any previous experience and you will be given first class training and support.

'Just Say No?' Er... No! That's Not Enough

Peter Wanless | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

The sharing of self-generated sexually explicit images or videos by mobile phone or online, is now commonplace amongst young people to the point that it is considered 'mundane' whether or not young people engage in it themselves. And it seems that lots do... Now, I know that young people want to experiment and explore their sexuality. And the thrill of taking risks and pushing boundaries is always going to be part of growing up. Frankly we are not going to stop sexting merely by instructing young people not to do it, or by pointing out that explicit under age images are illegal and they risk arrest. But I am deeply concerned that risks are not yet fully understood.

We All Need to Do More to Make Sure Abused Children Are Heard

Peter Wanless | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

Imagine you were desperate to tell people about something but when you tried no sound came out. Like you'd had some awful spell cast on you that meant only you could hear the words. That's how I think it might feel to be a child who has suffered abuse but struggles to find adults who will act upon their concerns.