Childline contacts sharply increase during lockdown restrictions

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The number of contacts to Childline surpassed 70,000 during the three months of lockdown.

Domestic abuse, self-harm, suicide and Covid-19 anxiety some of the most common issues raised.

A total of 72,701 calls, texts and online messages were sent by children during the period 15th March to 28th June.

During the three months, twice as many children used the Childline website as had used it during the same period in 2019.