Childline: young people awaiting results should not suffer in silence

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Childline is urging young people in Wales worried about their GCSE and A-level grades to get in touch and not suffer in silence.

With children and young people across Wales set to receive their A-Level and GSCE marks on Thursday, figures from the NSPCC-supported counselling service show that 84 counselling sessions were carried out with children from Wales over the past two years - 43 in 2017-18 and 41 the previous year.

Across the UK concern peaked in August with just under a quarter of all counselling sessions being delivered during the month when GCSE and A-Level results are published.

The new figures also showed that girls are much more willing to reach out for help, receiving 74 per cent of all counselling sessions delivered by Childline on this issue.

Young people told counsellors they were very worried about their results stopping them from going to university, with many expressing concerns about sharing them with their parents and teachers.

Others said they were struggling to cope and that the build-up of pressure as they waited for their grades was making them feel stressed and depressed.

Children and young people can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.