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CHILDLINE volunteers are keeping lines open over New Year to ensure children have someone to turn to.

Over the 12 days of Christmas last year, ChildLine volunteers in Scotland handled 1399 calls, with children and young people dealing with problems including bullying and sexual abuse, depression, self harm or suicide.

Director Peter Liver says the volunteers are a vital lifeline for children who feel they have nowhere else to turn.

“On New Year’s Eve, when most people are heading out for a night on the town, ChildLine volunteers will be taking calls and messages from children who need someone to talk to,” he said.

“We couldn’t keep ChildLine open for children without their amazing commitment and dedication.

“New Year can be a time of celebration, but for some young people the festivities can make their problems feel even more distressing.”

Children can speak to a counsellor online at childline.org.uk or by telephone on 0800 1111.