ChildLine is a charity organisation set up some 25 years ago by Esther Rantzen to provide a counselling service to children. Each year, a report is published which, as well as setting out statistical data, identifies what children see as their most important concerns.

Statistics show that ChildLine received 1.5 million requests for help last year – by telephone and email.

This year’s report shows that children are most concerned about family conflict, second was bullying (with 31,599 enquiries) and third was physical harm.

The analysis shows that bullying is starting to affect younger children with a definite change in the type of bullying. Cyberbullying is now more prevalent than in previous years, with a 7% rise showing on ChildLine’s statistics. The report goes on to suggest that the support offered to those being bullied is becoming more and more inadequate and therefore ineffective.