VULNERABLE children in Co Louth accounted for 7 per cent of the total number of calls made nationwide to Childline last year, according the latest ISPCC statistics.
There were 37,518 calls answered by Childline volunteers in the Louth ISPCC unit in 2010, which amounted to 722 calls per week or over 100 calls per day from children seeking advice and support.
Tracey Monson, Regional Manager ISPCC North East said: “These statistics are the reality of the difficulties many children and families are facing on a daily basis.
“We must remember that each statistic represents a real child in need. The findings represent children who are experiencing abuse and violence in their homes and many are struggling with mental health difficulties.
“Demand for ISPCC services has never been higher. This increased demand, coupled with fundraising in the current economic climate, has placed a strain on the ISPCC’s ongoing ability to provide a service to all children who need it.”
The ISPCC launched its summer campaign entitled ‘I Can’t Wait Until I Grow Up’ to coincide with the release of the 2010 Childline statistics.
The campaign, which will run for the month of May, aims to highlight that childhood is supposed to be one of the happiest and safest times in a child’s life, yet for many children who contact Childline this is simply not the case.
According to the ISPCC, by donating to the ‘I Can’t Wait Until I Grow Up’ campaign, people in Louth will be showing their support for the ISPCC who are “protecting children from harm and giving them a chance to have a happy and safe childhood”.
The ISPCC said it needs this support to continue its fight for the rights of children to a happy and safe childhood. The Louth Childline service operates seven days a week with a team of 40 volunteers. In 2010, the unit expanded its services to include an online component.