In response to the current health crisis a dedicated freephone helpline has been set up by Wirral Council to support young people who may be struggling.
The helpline, which will be staffed by professionals from across the council's children’s services who are experienced in dealing with young people, will be open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. All calls made to the number will be free.
Young people across the borough are being encouraged to call the number if they are feeling unsafe for any reason or have any worries at all. All calls will be treated as confidential with staff providing support in whatever way they can, to show Wirral’s young people they don’t have to struggle on their own.
The dedicated number has been set up in response to the impact current restrictions will be having on children of all ages. We know that unfortunately being at home is not always the safest option for some whilst other children may also have worries about family, friends or the Coronavirus itself.
The teams will be there to provide young people with the best advice and support they may need for issues they are facing or worries they may have.
From feeling isolated, struggling with mental health or feeling unsafe for any reason, the team of advisors will be able to help and advise whatever the issue may be.
Children and young people can call 0808 196 4147 to speak to one of the advisors who will be there to take their call.
In an emergency always dial 999.