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# childline - Tuesday 30 June, 2020

Childline contacts surge to over 70,000 during three months of Covid-19 restrictions

The number of contacts to doubled compared to the same period in 2019.

# childline - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

Two-week-long digital live music event aims to help Childline's 'dire need' for funding

Hozier will be the first to participate on Friday.

# childline - Friday 20 March, 2020

'Isolated at home with their tormentor': Childline experiences increase in calls since closure of schools

The ISPCC said home is not a happy place for all children and they do not have their regular support network in schools anymore.

# childline - Thursday 26 December, 2019

Nearly 800 children contacted Childline on Christmas Day

Volunteers with the charity answered 793 calls, online contacts and texts from children yesterday.

# childline - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

'Sometimes they're just lonely and want a chat': What it means to volunteer at Childline Mental Health This post contains videos

'Sometimes they're just lonely and want a chat': What it means to volunteer at Childline

Childline saw it’s seventh millionth phone call earlier this year – we sat down with some volunteers to see what Childline means to them.

The 9 at 9: St Stephen's Day

Here’s all the news you need to know this morning.

'Tension, fraught relationships, alcohol': Childline contacted 1,200 times on Christmas Day

The number represents a 25% increase on last year’s contacts.

# childline - Saturday 8 September, 2018

Almost 200 supercars are driving around Ireland in an attempt to break a world record

Cannonball 2018 kicked off from Malahide Castle yesterday morning.

# childline - Monday 28 May, 2018

Childline answered 381,000 calls, texts and online messages from children last year

72% of phone calls answered by the charity came from males.

# childline - Monday 7 May, 2018

Kids call Childline upset after playing over-18s video games with family members

There is also concern about children talking to strangers online when they play these games.

# childline - Thursday 1 March, 2018

Childline closes its services again as weather conditions begin to deteriorate further

The government has urged everyone across the country to be at home from 4pm today.

# childline - Tuesday 26 December, 2017

Childline received over 1,000 calls and messages from children on Christmas Day

Some got in touch because they were worried about abuse while others simply needed company.

# childline - Monday 25 December, 2017

'There's no problem too small to call about': Childline expecting over 1,000 calls today

A team of Childline volunteers are giving up their own Christmas to offer support to hundreds of children who will need to talk to someone.

# childline - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

ISPCC withdraws 'Headbomz' campaign ad from cinemas following worries it could upset children

The charity said it had consulted with over 150 children while developing the campaign.

# childline - Monday 26 December, 2016

'Christmas should mean safety and happiness': Over 1,000 contacted Childline yesterday

Alcohol abuse was consistently mentioned by worried children who contacted the charity on Christmas Day.

# childline - Saturday 26 December, 2015

Childline received over 1,000 calls and messages from children on Christmas Day

Some got in touch because they were worried about alcohol abuse while others simply needed company.

# childline - Friday 4 September, 2015

Young girls are being told who to talk to and where to go by their boyfriends

Domestic violence can happen to anyone- regardless of their age, writes Alex O’Keefe.

# childline - Sunday 19 July, 2015

Things I’ve learned from seven years as a Childline volunteer

After seven years of volunteering, I’ve learned a few things about young people that are worth sharing.

# childline - Sunday 26 April, 2015

This courageous woman helped an 80-year-old man open up about being abused as a child

She said, “I call myself a victor sometimes because everyday is a victory over it.”

# childline - Monday 20 April, 2015

Tubridy says online bullies can 'hunt down children like a pack of dogs'

Childline answered over 1,200 calls every day in 2014.

# childline - Friday 26 December, 2014

Christmas Day at Childline: 1,208 calls and messages over just 24 hours

The charity had warned it would have to close its nighttime service — but a funding deal means it will now be able to stay open round-the-clock.

# childline - Monday 22 December, 2014

Some good news for a change: A funding deal means Childline can stay open 24-hours

The service had warned it would have to close during nighttime hours, unless essential funding could be raised.

# childline - Sunday 30 November, 2014

From The Daily Edge Síle Seoige's Christmas charity single is beating Taylor Swift on iTunes Maybe This Christmas

Síle Seoige's Christmas charity single is beating Taylor Swift on iTunes

Kind of. Shake THAT off, Taylor.

# childline - Tuesday 4 November, 2014

Childline may have to close night service due to lack of funding SOS

Childline may have to close night service due to lack of funding

The charity needs €1.2 million in funding.

# childline - Sunday 10 August, 2014

Could you be the first point of contact for a child who wants to talk?

The ISPCC is looking for volunteers for its Childline service.

# childline - Saturday 31 May, 2014

'I take one less slice of bread for lunch' - how Irish children deal with recession

Last week Childline said its service deals not just with abuse children, but with children who are worried about the recession and how it’s impacted on their families.

# childline - Thursday 29 May, 2014

Opinion: Childline is at breaking point – who else will listen to vulnerable children?

Childline should be expanding. Instead we’re faced with the awful possibility that a child calling in desperation might have no one to answer their call.

# childline - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

'We've told children we're here for them 24/7 - if charity crisis continues we won't be'

Ahead of the charity’s AGM in Dublin today, the ISPCC said it is now at breaking point and could be forced to close Childline at night – when children need them most.

Childline is at "breaking point" as donations continue to plummet

Some volunteers say they have been abused when fundraising by members of the public.

# childline - Friday 16 May, 2014

Abuse, violence, mental health: Children in Ireland called for help 664,000 times last year

Figures from Childline indicate children are more comfortable talking about mental health on the web, with 20 per cent of online contacts relating to this area.

# childline - Thursday 26 December, 2013

Childline responded to 1,450 calls, texts and messages on Christmas Day

The figure represents a 20 per cent increase on last Christmas.

# childline - Friday 8 November, 2013

€130,000 donated to charity as 45,000 kind deeds logged

Childline received the most pledged kind deeds this week, receiving a cheque for €60,000.

# childline - Monday 4 November, 2013

Irish believe older women to be kindest group in Ireland

Survey finds that while young Irish men are ranked least kind – people are also less likely to BE kind to young men.

# childline - Friday 1 November, 2013

Star kids sing out to raise money for Childline

Starcamp participants have put together a cover of the song Solitaire to raise money for the helpline.

# childline - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Column: Childline is the only option for some - that's why we volunteer

Volunteering with Childline can be challenging and difficult at times, write a group of volunteers from Childline Cork, who say although it can be heart-wrenching it is worth it.

# childline - Monday 31 December, 2012

Lisa McInerney: New Year is where we resolve to be grown-ups

The true mark of maturity, however, is to stop beating ourselves up over not being the perfect adult – and to resolve to be a better kid.

# childline - Wednesday 26 December, 2012

Childline received 1,212 calls, texts, and messages on Christmas Day

The news comes as Childline – which does not receive government funding – says it is concerned about its finances in 2013.

# childline - Monday 21 May, 2012

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The Daily Fix: Monday

Your nightly round-up of the day’s biggest news stores…

Childline receives record number of calls on emotional abuse Childline This post contains videos

Childline receives record number of calls on emotional abuse

Powerful new video from ISPCC highlights damage caused by verbal abuse.

# childline - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

Column: Bullying is not just a 'natural' part of growing up

Forty per cent of 9-year-olds in Ireland have experienced bullying – and as Lisa Collins writes, more needs to be done to encourage children to speak out.

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