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Turning nineteen: Support after ChildLine

ChildLine is a confidential service that offers help and advice for 7-18 year olds. But what happens when you turn 19? You may feel anxious, worried or scared about leaving ChildLine, especially if you’ve been with us for a long time. However, you are not alone and there are still people who are able to support you.

Boy lying down in the grass looking happy and relaxedI’m 19 – does that mean I can’t use ChildLine anymore?


If you’re over the age of 18, ChildLine will never just forget you or turn you away. Moving into adulthood doesn’t mean that you won’t need any less support than you do now. There is no ‘magic spell’ that turns you into a worry-free, fully responsible adult. In many ways, you may need more advice – especially around things like money and making decisions. You are still important to us.

The only thing that changes is where that advice comes from. ChildLine are still here for you and we’ll help you get the support you need as a young adult - support that you’ll find more relevant and suitable for your age group.

 

Why is ChildLine only for those up to the age of 18?


ChildLine are here to help as many young people as possible with their worries and concerns. To help us do this, we provide support on many issues that would help both children and teenagers. Unfortunately, because we need to cover such a wide range, we are unable to go into the amount of detail that we'd like to on particular issues.

Whether you need emotional or mental health support, self-harm or relationship advice, there are lots of sites out there who can help. Many of which already have young adults on them, providing the peer to peer support you may miss from ChildLine.

The Site website

Our friends at TheSite are a good place to start. Their website provides expert advice on general issues that are more relevant to a young adult as opposed to a child or young person – such as employment, money, university and your rights.

Although TheSite does not provide a counselling service over the phone or 1-2-1 chat, they do have lots of information and advice including articles, success stories and peer to peer message boards. You can also email TheSite for expert advice on a certain topic.

If you feel you would benefit from further counselling, you can find a list of websites that offer emotional support at the bottom of this page including the Samaritans and Support Line

Is there any way I can still stay connected with ChildLine?

There are lots of ways you can stay connected with ChildLine, we would love to have you involved in the work that we do. You might want to:

Volunteering your time for ChildLineJoin an event
From skydives, to concerts, to running up 1,037 stairs - there is
an event to suit everyone.

Volunteer your time
We have numerous volunteering opportunities available to anyone who would like to give some of
their time to help us.

Fundraise for us
Whether it's at work, through college, or through a celebration, there are many different ways you can help raise money for the NSPCC and ChildLine.
Visit the Get involved page on the NSPCC website for more information

Websites that provide advice and support for young adults:

  • Looking forward

    After your nineteenth birthday, whether you’re going onto further education, travelling or entering the workforce, you will meet new people and naturally gain more confidence. Although it is scary growing up and moving on, as you step into adulthood, you will become a much stronger person, regardless of your past experiences. It’s when you start to feel more comfortable with who you are and what you want to achieve in life. Although there will be ups and downs, you’re at the age where you can start making your own decisions and create the life you want. To help you, we have created a list of resources offering advice and support on various issues.

  • General support

    Thesite.org - www.thesite.org
    TheSite website provides non-judgemental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs.

  • Emotional support

    Samaritans - www.samaritans.org
    You can talk to Samaritans at any time of the day or night about any issue. Common reasons to call Samaritans are: relationships/family problems, bereavement, financial worries, job/study-related stress, body image issues. You can contact Samaritans through phoning 08457 90 90 90, email or letters or drop in to a branch for a face to face meeting.
    Support Line - www.supportline.org.uk
    Support Line offer confidential emotional support for young adults in the UK.  

  • Abuse and domestic violence

    napac - www.napac.org.uk
    nacap provides advice and support for people abused in Childhood, empowering survivors to take control of their healing.
    Rape Crisiswww.rapecrisis.org.uk
    Rape Crisis Centres provide counselling and support for women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence both recently and/or in the past.
    Rainn - www.rainn.org
    Rainn helps you get support online and ask questions about rape/sexual abuse, as well as the legal side of things.
    Survivors UK - www.survivorsuk.org
    Survivors UK understand and support those who have experienced male rape and sexual abuse. They have over twenty year's experience and talk to thousands of people every year.
    Domestic Violence 24 hour helpline - 0808 2000 247 - www.womensaid.org.uk
    Refuge – Domestic Violence helpline - www.refuge.org.uk
    Network of refuges for woman and children escaping domestic violence.

  • Bereavement

    Cruse Bereavement Carewww.crusebereavementcare.org.uk
    Cruse is committed to ensuring that everyone, no matter how old or young, can access the highest quality support following a bereavement - over the phone, online and through face-to-face support.

  • Crime

    Victim Support - www.victimsupport.org
    Victim support provide free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales.

  • Drugs and Alcohol

    Talk to Frank - 0800 77 66 00 - www.talktofrank.com
    Talk to Frank provides unbiased information about drugs
    Drink-line - www.drinksmarter.org/drinkline
    Drink-line is an advice and information line for anyone who wants more information about alcohol, local services that can help or simply to talk about drinking and alcohol issues.
    Smokefree - www.smokefree.nhs.uk
    Information and advice to help you stop smoking.

  • Eating disorders

    BEAT - www.b-eat.co.uk
    Beat supports people affected by eating disorders and their family and friends. They offer support through their helplines, local support groups and online which includes information, a message board and online chat.

  • Health

    NHS direct - 0845 4647 - www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
    Advice and information on health worries you may have.

  • Homelessness and running away

    Shelter - www.shelter.org
    Shelter provides free, confidential advice to people with all kinds of housing problems including help and support for those who are homeless or on the streets.
    London Street Rescue - call 0870 383 3333
    London Street Rescue helps rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation.
    Missing Peoplewww.missingpeople.org.uk
    Runaways - call 0808 800 70 70
    Helplines for missing people and runaways.

  • Learning disability

    Mencapwww.mencap.org.uk
    Mencap support people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

  • Mental health

    Mind - www.mind.org.uk
    Mind helps people to take control over their mental health. They provide information and advice, training programmes, grants and services -  so people who experience mental distress can live full lives, and play their full part in society.

  • Sexual health

    Brook - www.brook.org.uk
    Brook provides free and confidential information on sex and relationships for people under the age of 25.

  • Sexuality

    Lesbian and gay switchboardwww.llgs.org.uk
    Provide free, confidential support and information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities throughout the UK.

  • Single parents and family advice

    Gingerbread - www.gingerbread.org.uk
    Expert advice and practical support for single parents.
    Family Lives - www.familylives.org.uk
    Information for family members about parenting and family life.

Worried about moving on from ChildLine?

It can help to talk things through. Why not have an informal chat with a counsellor free on 0800 1111? We're here to help.

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Goodbye ChildLine message board

It might be hard at times but hopefully we have given you the confidence to face new challenges with more strength than you did when you first arrived here. Chat to other young people in the same situation.

Message boards: A final goodbye to ChildLine

Anything missing?

Is there anything else about support after ChildLine that you'd like to see added to this page?

 
 
 
 
 
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