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Please don’t let children’s cries go unheard this Christmas.

Last year, Childline delivered just over 6,000 counselling sessions during the 12 days of Christmas.

Christmas comes with its own issues. Like children with eating disorders, for instance. Imagine if you’re a child with a ‘hidden’ eating disorder. With everyone encouraging you to eat more, it can leave you feeling desperate and exposed. Fearful of being ‘found out’. And then there are those children suffering abuse of all kinds.

With children off school and parents home from work, it can mean that all the usual pressures reach breaking point. Family arguments might turn violent. Family members might have more opportunities to carry out abuse. And it’s all going on behind closed doors. The very doors that should be giving children a sanctuary of comfort and security.

The abuse of children won’t stop this Christmas.

Children don’t always know when they’ll need to contact us. But the moment they do, it’s vital we’re here – whatever hour of the day it is. And that’s even more important over the busy Christmas period, when schools and some other support services close.

Your support will help us to be here all the way through Christmas and in 2022.