Childline sees surge in kids seeking advice about anti-LGBTQ+ bullying, says NSPCC
Young people are increasingly seeking advice about anti-LGBTQ+ bullying, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) says.
The British charity says calls from queer youth stressed about coming out and anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice to its counselling service Childline have actually decreased in the last year.
Childline delivered 4,125 counselling sessions to young people with concerns around gender identity and sexuality between April 2021 and March 2022. This is compared to more than 5,000 the previous year.
But calls concerning anti-LGBTQ+ bullying have skyrocketed. 490 counselling sessions were offered to worried kids compared to 276 the year before – a shocking 78 per cent increase.
Service users described being taunted and tormented for being LGBTQ+ or being perceived as such, the NSPCC said.
“People at school are really