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Child Helplines From Around the World Unite in London

Peter Liver | Posted 31.10.2014 | 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 Ask.fm 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.

David Cameron Has Drawn a Line in the Sand - We Must All Now Play Our Part

Peter Wanless | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Peter Wanless

The Prime Minister has taken a very brave step, not just because he is taking on a problem that belongs to a multi-trillion pound industry that has changed the planet forever. But because he is saying that whilst he doesn't have every single answer to the technological problems he is not prepared to wait until he does.

Why Drug and Alcohol Education Is So Important

Jonathan Simpson | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Simpson

It is a great testimony to the resilience of Amy's family that soon after her death they decided to work on retaining her legacy by setting up a new charity in her name, with the aim of preventing the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.

We Need to Talk About Sex

Jon Brown | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Brown

The next time your children ask you what sex is or tell you they have seen something rude online take the opportunity. Sit down and start talking to your children about sex. It's an issue that, however embarrassing, is something society cannot afford to be taught by the school of XXX.com

Is Your Teenager Playing With Fire?

Jon Brown | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK
Jon Brown

We are increasingly hearing from worried teenagers who know photographs of them are out there somewhere on the internet, being passed from person to person. Often they end up in the hands of adult sex offenders; paedophiles.

Debate About Definition of Paedophilia Must Not Mask Reality of Child Abuse

Jon Brown | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK
Jon Brown

Paedophiles may try to convince themselves these are 'consenting' relationships but they come at great cost to the victim, or survivor, and to the UK taxpayer through associated health costs. At the NSPCC we hear about and work with this fallout every day.

Support for Schools to Help Tackle Cyber-Bullying

Dee Dhara | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dee Dhara

With the ever-increasing use of technology and social media, Childline has discovered that children and young people are being bullied in more ways, more frequently and at a younger age than ever before.

Esther Rantzen: 'Celebs Chose To Ignore Rumours About Jimmy Savile'

WENN | WENN | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

Esther Rantzen has spoken out about allegations of child abuse against Jimmy Savile. Rantzen is convinced many personalities in British entertainme...

Does Back to School Equal Back to Bullying?

Carol Long | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Carol Long

If you're a parent whose child has just completed their first weeks at secondary school, your son or daughter is beginning a journey through one of the most formative periods of their life.

Are Your Children Watching Pornography Online?

Jon Brown | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Brown

When was the last time your children watched a hardcore porn video online? I'm guessing you're all outraged and shouting 'never' but how sure are you about what children are viewing online? Leaving aside any debate about the rights and wrongs of pornography in society let's be clear about one thing. Children shouldn't be seeing it. But with over four million pornographic websites on the internet, an increasing number of children are learning about sex and personal relationships through the warped lens of adult porn.

Baby Peter Connelly's Anniversary: Five Years on Is the UK Safer for Children?

Andrew Flanagan | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK
Andrew Flanagan

To mark the anniversary of Peter Connelly's death, the NSPCC is highlighting the on-going plight of our most vulnerable children. We have looked at the circumstances of around 35 baby deaths and found the same mistakes still being made over and over again. The same warning signs being missed, the same lessons for the future repeated over and over but not enough changing.

'Rape Is Not Just About Violent Attacks By Strangers': Clegg Launches Sex Abuse Awareness Campaign

PA | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg told a group of teenage girls he found it "shocking" that a third of their peers have reported they have experienced some form of sexual vi...

Child Protection: We Need a Radical Rethink

Andrew Flanagan | Posted 03.03.2012 | UK
Andrew Flanagan

There is much to celebrate in child protection from 2011, but we need a radical rethink if we are to make a real difference in 2012. This has been a year of significant change in child protection, much of it for the better. And it was also the year that saw ChildLine celebrate 25 years of helping vulnerable children. Over a quarter of a century it has helped 2.6 million young people since it was launched by Esther Rantzen... But sadly, serious abuse and neglect still occur. On average around 50 children are killed each year in England and Wales, most by those that were supposed to love and protect them.