There are a wide range of issues that effect children. Unfortunately abuse and maltreatment are the most serious and require urgent attention. Sometimes children find it difficult to express their worries, which means that problems can be left unresolved and undetected. It is therefore often helpful to seek out professional help if it is evident that a child is unhappy.
Counselling for children is similar to adult counselling. Both depend strongly on the construction of a trusting relationship between counsellor and client. The child is allowed to tell their own story without fear of judgement or interrogation, in a safe reassuring environment.
Counselling is often useful for addressing issues that cause a child to feel distressed. Fortunately there is plenty of support and help available in the form of charities, organisations and help-lines. Below we have included a selection of resources that offer counselling for children as well as help-lines and advice.
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Child counselling help-lines
Child Line - 0800 1111
The helpline of this famous charity is open 24 hours a day. Lines are manned by volunteers and professionals, trained to provide support and advice to children about any problem or worry they might have.
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
The well-known organisation provides a telephone number for people concerned about the welfare of a child. The service is free and confidential and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Set up in 1986, Child Line is a registered charity organisation that offers help and support for children. Trained counsellors are there to offer comfort and sympathy to children, whatever their problem. All calls are confidential. They also provide a text-phone service for children who find using their land-line difficult.
Their goal is to prevent cruelty to children. The site contains information and advice aimed at increasing awareness about child cruelty. They also help local community groups to protect the welfare of children and provide links to help-lines for children.