Young seek aid on exam stress
THOUSANDS of children and teenagers are seeking help from Childline as they struggle to cope with the pressure of exams.
But one in four calls are going unanswered owing to a lack of funding, Childine has warned.
New figures from the NSPCC-run service reveal it delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress in 2017-18 – and just over a fifth took place in May.
Eighty-five of these sessions were identified as having been carried out with children and young people from Wales, but the true figure is likely to be higher with many nationalities not confirmed. Half of the sessions were with young people aged 1215.
Young people contacting Childline said the prospect of taking exams was having an adverse effect on their mental health.
Childline warned its counsellors are only able to respond to three out of four children and teenagers who seek their help.
The NSPCC’s Are You There? campaign is calling for more government funding for the service.
Children and young people can contact Childline 24 hours a day for free, confidential support and advice on 0800 1111 or at www. childline.org.uk