Childline has launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help, directly through their mobile devices.
The app has been named 'For Me' to ensure that it can be discreetly installed.
This means that if someone happens to see the young person's phone, they can't tell it's a Childline service.
Created by young people, for young people
'For Me' was created by four teenagers who realised there was an urgent need for young people to have easy access to confidential advice and support.
When Childline first launched over 30 years ago, all contact was over the phone, with many calls being made from telephone boxes.
How children and young people contact Childline now is dramatically different:
- 71% of counselling sessions are delivered online via email and 1-2-1 chat.
- Last year, 1.8 million sessions on the Childline website were conducted via mobile devices.
The app is free to download from the Childline website.