Special event marks Childline’s 30 years
CHILDLINE founder Dame Esther Rantzen gave Macclesfield MP David Rutley an insight into the service on its anniversary.
The children’s counselling charity, which runs a 24-hour service, has celebrated its 30th anniversary and David Rutley attended a special event at Portcullis House in London.
There, Dame Esther spoke about how Childline is more in demand than ever, counselling more than 300,000 children and young people every year. She also explained that since the charity introduced online support and counselling in 2009, more than two-thirds (71 per cent) of the counselling sessions take place online.
Mr Rutley also got the chance to talk to children who had used Childline and understand how it changed their life.
He said: “I continue to work closely with the NSPCC, both locally in Macclesfield and in Parliament.
“I would like to thank the staff and the many volunteers for all their hard work. Events like this demonstrate the importance of their efforts, and the difference it can make in the lives of many young people.
“I wish Childline continued success in the decades ahead.”
During Childline’s birthday week the NSPCC released new data that reveals a 35pc rise in anxiety in the past year, with 11,706 children and young people being counselled by Childline in 2015/16 compared to 8,642 in 2014/15.
An increasing number of children and young people are in need of help, with causes ranging from personal and family issues to concerns about world affairs such as the EU Referendum, the US election and troubles in the Middle East.
David Rutley with young people who have used Childline, at an event to mark the charity’s 30th anniversary