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Do you remember the first time your baby smiled? And the late nights and early mornings because of their cries? Having a baby in your life can be a rollercoaster ride, and there will be easier times as well as more challenging times. If you’re struggling to cope with your baby’s crying or want a bit of advice on bonding with your baby, look no further - we’ve got some tips that might help: http://bit.ly/217ga8g
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Scott is running 40 marathons in 40 days for ‪#‎everychildhood‬. “I remember reading about a young girl who had received such incredible help from ChildLine, that when she married many years later, she invited her counsellor to her wedding. To want to have someone you’ve never met before at a special day like that, shows the bond these counsellors build up. I haven’t been able to forget it and it’s one reason why I’m talking on this challenge. I wanted to do something that would make people take notice and this warrants the cause. I’ve run 2 marathons and various half marathons before, but nothing as silly as this!” Scott sets off on his epic adventure tomorrow from John O’Groats in Scotland and will return to London 40 days later. Wish him luck!
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1 in 3 people who suspect child abuse do not report it, concerning research, commissioned by the Department of Education, has found. Fear of having misread a situation and wrongly accusing someone are two of the biggest factors which deter people from reporting. If you're in a situation where you suspect abuse of a child but they haven't actually said anything to you, there are a number of steps you can take. This includes calling our helpline and talking to our trained counsellors who will be able to offer advice and support. More info, here: http://bit.ly/1Vfrobc
These are the steps you can take to help keep a child safe from abuse and to protect a child if you suspect they've been abused.
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Mental health is the most common reason children are contacting ChildLine. Yet despite the apparent rise in mental health problems among children, many are still going months and years without support. This Mental Health Awareness Week, ‪#‎ItsTime‬ to demand change. Read more, here: http://bit.ly/1WAiEy0
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Simple activities can help children recover from abuse. Wyevale Garden Centres is helping with this by donating tomato seeds for children to plant in therapy sessions. "A young girl decorated a plant pot with positive messages on the outside, and on the inside she wrote about things she had moved on from - including the sexual abuse. She then added soil to cover the words and planted tomato seeds to represent her new beginning." Activities such as this help children to overcome abuse. It’s thanks to the support of places like Wyevale Garden Centres and people like you that we can help #everychildhood.
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“She was untiring in her commitment. She gave her life to helping children in Nuneaton. She was always out collecting donation boxes, was our figurehead and is truly missed.” Ella (pictured second from the right) helped to raise £100,000 for our work and supported our fight for #everychildhood for more than 40 years. We're really sad to share that she recently died and so we dedicate this post to Ella, her family and friends, and everyone she inspired to help our fight.
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Sue is one of our fantastic ChildLine volunteers. “I always remember a call I got from a girl. She was in her early teens, calling from a phone box and she was really distressed. Her mother had died quite suddenly and her father had become very dependent on drinking.” This girl’s father was grieving. And as a result, he was struggling to support his children. “She didn’t have any family to turn to, so we contacted social services on her behalf and arranged for them to go out to see her. I remember her phoning afterwards to say she was beginning to get help. Before she called she felt helpless – but ChildLine was somewhere for her to turn.” Over the past 30 years, ChildLine volunteers like Sue have helped more than 4 million children find their voice. For Volunteers Week, we’re celebrating our volunteers and the invaluable contribution they make to the fight for #everychildhood. We couldn’t do what we do without them!
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“My mum’s violence and tempers dominated my childhood. Her drug and alcohol addictions meant she wasn’t able to look after herself, let alone care for me. I didn’t know at the time that what she was doing was wrong so I was shocked when she was arrested and I was taken into care. I felt guilty that mum had been arrested because of me.” After her mum’s arrest, Kerry was placed in foster care for nine months before she went to live with her dad. It was a big change and she was given no support during the transition. It had a detrimental effect on her mental health. Read Kerry’s story: http://bit.ly/1OKBtGm
Kerry talks about the difficulties she experienced with her mum that led to her being placed in care.
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“I’m gay. I’ve come out to most people I know. I’m 15 so I’m still at school and some kids make fun of me. They treat me differently to straight kids. I get shoved, I’m told to get lost, they call me names. It really hurts and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.”

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and a chance for us to talk to our kids to make sure they aren’t being bullied because of their sexuality. We’ve got some tips to help you start that conversation and to help keep them safe: http://bit.ly/1ThByDo
How to help keep children safe from bullying and cyberbullying
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Do you need to get your mitts on some new games ahead of Big Board Game Day? Pop to your local +Argos (or here: http://bit.ly/21SqJgu) and they’ll donate around 50 per cent of the profits from sales of these board games from 11-27 May to us, which could raise an amazing £30,000 to help our fight for #everychildhood.
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“I’ve witnessed first-hand the difference that ChildLine makes to the lives of children and young people with nowhere to turn. This motivated me to make it to the top of the Gherkin.”

ChildLine volunteer, Sarah and her son Charlie are two of our incredible gherkineers who climbed 38 floors to the top of The Gherkin in London all to help raise funds for our work. Could you take on the #GherkinChallenge and help us be there for even more children? Find out more: http://bit.ly/1WV4OEx
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“Nobody told me it would be that difficult to cope with a new baby. I found it very stressful when Florence cried. I wouldn’t pick her up. I wouldn’t go near her. I ignored her screams and I yelled at her. I just couldn’t cope with it. It took me months to get over this stage, but now Florence is a wonderful, polite, well-behaved but cheeky 2-year-old." During and after pregnancy, Sophie’s mental health suffered. On World Maternal Mental Health Day, we’re sharing her story to highlight how normal it is for a parent to struggle to bond with their baby at first – and how, by helping parents, we’re helping to keep babies safe, nurtured and able to thrive. Read more, here: http://bit.ly/1NVHogI
Sophie talks about the difficulties she had in adapting to motherhood, and how our programmes helped her cope.
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Abuse ruins childhood, but it can be prevented. That’s why we’re here. That’s what drives all our work, and that’s why – as long as there’s abuse – we will fight for every childhood.

We help children rebuild their lives, and we find ways to prevent abuse from ruining any more. 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.

Abuse changes childhood. But so can we.

To find out more, visit nspcc.org.uk