Childline receives over 1,000 calls and messages from distressed children on Christmas Day

Volunteers with children's charity Childline answered 1,020 calls from children and young people across the country on Christmas Day.

And a number of those who called yesterday experienced or witnessed violence or abuse in their homes and were audibly distressed, the charity has said - writes dublinlive.ie.

Childline offers children and young people free, non-judgemental phone line, live text and webchat services 365 days a year.

And to ensure these services remain active on Christmas Day, a number of volunteers gave up their time to listen,to and empower young callers.

Many other callers are reported to have been feeling anxious, sad and socially isolated.

Childline volunteers also received calls from children and young people eager to thank them for their valued support throughout the year.

ISPCC CEO Grainia Long said: "Christmas is just another day for children and young people across Ireland who are scared, lonely, anxious, or upset.

"For that reason, committed Childline volunteers freely give of their time to be there to listen, to support and to empower. For this, we are extremely grateful.

"Childine is there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for children and young people throughout Ireland seeking a listening ear.

"Our phone line can be contacted 24 hours a day at 1800 66 66 66, while our text line and online chat services can be contacted between 10am and 4am by texting ‘Talk’ to 50101 or visiting childline.ie .

“Childline volunteers show tremendous commitment and dedication in working tirelessly and passionately to bring about positive change in the lives of all children and young people in Ireland.

“Childline relies on the sustained generous support expressed by the general public and for this we sincerely thank everyone who has supported us in 2017.”

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