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ChildLine began in October 1986, launched by Esther Rantzen in response to a plea from children who needed help. In its first year, ChildLine spoke to 23,000 children who desperately needed a voice.
Services opened across the country over the following years, expanding as the need became increasingly apparent. In 2006, ChildLine formally became part of the NSPCC.
The NSPCC helpline and ChildLine provide help and support to thousands of adults, children and families. Year on year, the number of calls and online contacts is increasing and helping to protect more children.
Their helpline counsellors are there 24 hours a day, ready to help parents, adults and people working with children do whatever they can to protect them.
ChildLine gives children a voice. Whatever their worry, whenever they need help, they're listening. It means they understand the problems they face, and they make sure that tackling them is at the heart of everything they do. It’s one of the things that makes them unique as a children’s charity.