200 young people receive counselling in Jersey since lockdown started

Nearly 200 young people have had counselling appointments in Jersey since the lockdown restrictions have been in force.

The Youth Enquiry Service has reported a spike in those seeking advice. This comes after the government set up a freephone number and awareness campaign.

Meanwhile more than 100 calls have been made to the new Children and Families Hub since it was launched a month ago - specifically to ensure safeguarding of children.

There have also been 282 separate interventions by the My Time for Young Carers service which offers support to young carers.

The Education Minister says more young people are contacting the Youth Enquiry Project through phone calls, text and email.

The Government of Jersey says parents have also made contact to seek support and information for their child.

Youth workers are carrying out work on social media, providing support calls and starting online sessions to engage with young people.

The Youth Enquiry Service is open seven days a week from 12pm to 8pm and offers information, advice and counselling for people up to 25-years-old.

Free phone number: 0800 7350 010.