Childline is celebrating its 30th birthday having been first launched by Ester Rantzen on 30th October 1986. Since its launch Childline has helped over 4 million children and young people, enabling the organisation to identify the different issues affecting children over time.
Childline data has identified that there are certain issues and concerns which have remained constant throughout the thirty years, these include neglect, bullying and friendship issues. Although bullying continues to be a problem Childline have recognised the move from playground bullying to cyberbullying with the increased use of the internet, mobile phones and Social media. New issues have also appeared due to the increase in technology, including online grooming and sexting. An increase in reports of self-harm, suicidal thoughts and eating disorders have been recorded by Childline suggesting that children are lonelier and unhappier that they used to be.
This changing picture of child protection issues reminds us how important it is to keep up to date with the challenges facing children and young people today, so that appropriate safeguarding is in place and adults know how to help prevent, recognise these issues and support children when concerns are identified. For information on online training courses in safeguarding and online safety click here