Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has backed the NSPCC’s ‘Are you there?’ campaign, a new initiative calling on the Government to help the Childline service to be available for every child.

1 in 10 children has some form of mental health condition and whilst the government has pledged to make sure these children get the right support early on the NSPCC’s campaign aims to make sure help is there whenever it is needed. Childline offers a lifeline to children, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but right now the NSPCC is reporting that Childline counsellors can only respond to 3 out of 4 children who need help.

Last year the government proposed mental health support for children in schools, yet two thirds of Childline counselling sessions took place outside school hours (5pm-9am), showing the need for out of hours support. Children told counsellors they are being advised to contact Childline by many statutory services, such as child and adolescent mental health services.

One third of Childline counselling sessions are about mental and emotional health and wellbeing issues. And this number is on the rise. We’re calling on the government to increase their funding for our Childline service to help us be there for children when they need somewhere to turn to.  One third of Childline counselling sessions are about mental and emotional health and wellbeing issues and this number is on the rise.

Gwynne joined Dame Esther Rantzen, DBE (founder of the child protection charity ChildLine, which merged with the NSPCC in 2006) to show his support for the campaign.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“It was a pleasure to talk to Dame Esther Rantzen at the NSPCC event to discuss the vital work that Childline undertakes. We have to ensure they are able to continue to run their service at every moment, and on every day so that every child has somewhere to turn to and someone to speak to in times of difficulty.” 

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