Friday, 17 March 2017

Childline And NSPCC App To Help Vulnerable Children



Yesterday the NSPCC’s Childline  launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their smartphone in the UK and Channel Islands. NSPCC and Childline have always been there to help when my kids were younger and needed advice on a variety of things. more recently they have been good with advice on internet grooming after my daughter was groomed online by a paedophile. The app is called ‘For Me’ and was invented by four teenagers who wanted to make technology benefit the community and realised there was an urgent need for young people to have easy access to confidential advice and support. The app is now available as a free download with users being able to interact with all of Childline’s online services.
  • New Childline app is the first to counsel young people via their smartphone 
  • The NSPCC is calling on children in Kent to download the free app 
  • App invented by four teenagers who wanted to make technology benefit the community 
  • Users will be able to directly access and have 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor on their mobile phone 
These include 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor, the ‘Ask Sam’ problem pages and entrance to their private ‘locker’ – an area where they have their own daily mood tracker and can write down personal thoughts.

Childline first launched 30 years ago, when I was a child and all contact was over the phone, with many calls being made from telephone boxes, this meant that the children were alone and if there were not enough people to answer the call, then they never got the advice they needed. With technology these days, it is easier for a child in need to seek the help that they need. And as this was designed for children y children, then it is going to be easy for them to use.

Now 71% of counselling sessions are delivered online via email and 1-2-1 chat*, with the majority of the remaining counselling sessions being conducted with a young person via their mobile phone. Last year, 1.8 million sessions on the Childline website were conducted via mobile devices.To add a little bit more discretion to your phone or smart device the app has been named ‘For Me’ to ensure that it can be discreetly installed on mobile devices, meaning that if someone happens to see the phone they can’t tell that it’s a Childline service.It is now available from the iOS app store with an Android version due to be released in the coming weeks.

Laura Hindle, who is one of the team who invented the app, said: “I am so proud to see 'For Me' in the app store and hope it will really make a difference to people our age who are struggling. Our initial ideas for the app came about during a school lesson when we were thinking of ways to make technology benefit the community. Watching the idea evolve into a reality has been quite a journey and it’s great to see the finished product ready to help young people. Let's hope the app goes from strength to strength by offering invaluable support in such an accessible format.”

Childline is available for young people online, on the phone, anytime. Aside from our band new app, young people can ring Childline on 0800 1111 or visit https://www.childline.org.uk for help and support.

The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Using voluntary donations, which make up more than 90 per cent of our funding, we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. So when a child needs a helping hand, we’ll be there. When parents are finding it tough, we’ll help. When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve. Our Childline service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact Childline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk



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