Thousands of children receive counselling for loneliness


Dame Esther Rantzen, Founder and President of Childline said: “I think we in the adult world are addicted to being busy, and that our children and young people are suffering as a result.

“Of course many of us have to work hard, couples may need to take on several jobs to boost their income, but sometimes that leaves too little time for the people we care about most, our children.

“I worry, too, that the kitchen table has become obsolete, families are too busy to eat together, to talk about their days together, and share their worries.”

The new figures show the charity delivered 4,063 counselling sessions – equivalent to 11 a day – to children and teenagers suffering from loneliness during 2016/17. Almost three quarters of such sessions were with girls.

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