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Thirty years and 4 million kids.

CHILDLINE marked its 30th birthday at the end of October.

Throughout the past three decades Childline has been there for more than four million children and the demand for help and advice continues to grow, with more than 300,000 counselling sessions being delivered in 2015/16.

During the early years of Childline the most common concern for children and young people was sexual abuse. However, in recent years counsellors have dealt with an increasing amount of teenagers, in particular suffering from issues of low selfesteem and unhappiness. There has also been a marked shift in how the service is used. In 1986, most contacted Childline by phone (57 per cent from a phone box and 41 per cent from a landline) but now more than two thirds of users communicate online.

Children and young people can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk

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