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Students seek more help ahead of exam results

Students seek more help ahead of exam results

Childline says counselling sessions increase around A-level and GCSE results days. Here it shares some advice.

Struggling with stress?

Struggling with stress?

We might be nearing the end of the school summer term but if your children are feeling anxious, Childline is offering some advice.

Boys to get HPV jab

Boys to get HPV jab

Boys in year 8 are to be offered the HPV vaccine for the first time from September.

Building babies' brains

Building babies' brains

Want to know the best ways to develop your child's brain? Read on for the latest advice being shared in a new campaign to parents.

Talking tricky issues with teens

Talking tricky issues with teens

Do you know how to talk to your teens about drink and drugs? Childline shares some very helpful advice here:

Primary school places revealed by council

Primary school places revealed by council

Parents find out this week which primary school they have been given for September. KCC has announced how many families will get their first choice.

Coping with the pressure to perform

Coping with the pressure to perform

Exam season can bring huge pressures for families. Chidline shares some advice which might help.

FA asks for positivity not pressure for youngest players

FA asks for positivity not pressure for youngest players

The FA has released a video, with former Gills player Andrew Crofts, highlighting the importance of being positive around Kent's young footballers.

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The pressure to be 'perfect'

The pressure to be 'perfect'

Growing numbers of young people are feeling the pressure to look or behave in a certain way. Childline offers some advice to parents:

Dads launch 'nappy change revolution'

Dads launch 'nappy change revolution'

A campaign to see baby change facilities in men's toilets has been relaunched and is being led by two well-known dads from Kent.

Having a baby and worried about work?

Having a baby and worried about work?

We share the most important things expectant working women and new mums need to know when it comes to maternity leave and employment rights.

Keeping kids safe online

Keeping kids safe online

Did the kids get new devices for Christmas? Some hints and tips here to ensure everyone is safe and protected online.

Hundreds of pregnant women still smoking

Hundreds of pregnant women still smoking

Hundreds of women in Kent continue to smoke during pregnancy, latest figures reveal.

Struggling with the festive season

Struggling with the festive season

Christmas can be a stressful or difficult time for some youngsters. Childline shares some expert advice.

Lockdown drills at schools in case of terrorist attacks

Lockdown drills at schools in case of terrorist attacks

Children are having to practise lockdown drills to prepare for gunmen, terrorists, or intruders in Kent Schools.

Thousands of free key rings for Kent's children

Thousands of free key rings for Kent's children

More than 6,000 key rings have been sent out as part of our Be Bright Be Seen campaign. Was your child's school successful?

Loneliness in children and teenagers

Loneliness in children and teenagers

Childline says it's noticed an increase in the number of young people asking for help with feeling lonely. But what support can parents offer?

Hand, foot and mouth cases reported

Hand, foot and mouth cases reported

Schools and nurseries in Kent are seeing cases of hand, foot and mouth disease says Public Health England.

Free keyrings are back!

Free keyrings are back!

We're once again giving away thousands of free keyrings to help children Be Bright Be Seen during the darker months ahead.

When is a child most at risk of abuse?

When is a child most at risk of abuse?

While physical abuse can happen at any time, in any family, there are some groups among which it's more common, says charity Childline.

Baby Shark could save lives

Baby Shark could save lives

It's the song that has been driving parents mad since it became an internet hit. But now Baby Shark could have a far greater purpose - saving lives.

Talking through tricky subjects

Talking through tricky subjects

It's the crucial conversation parents must have with their children but how do you raise the sensitive subject of sexual abuse? Childline has advice:

Keeping calm before results day

Keeping calm before results day

The Kent and Medway Test results are out soon. How can you help your kids keep their cool ahead of results day?

Understanding infant colic

Understanding infant colic

How much do you know about the excessive crying condition thought to affect one in three babies?

Self harm: do you know the signs?

Self harm: do you know the signs?

It's a complex issue and one every parent dreads. Childline shares some advice and support in relation to self harm in children and teenagers.

Helping friendships flourish

Helping friendships flourish

In our latest column with Childline there is advice on how best to help youngsters navigate the often complicated issue of childhood friendships.

Getting ready for reception

Getting ready for reception

Early years experts share some helpful hints and tips for families getting a child ready for their first few weeks at primary school.

Ready to talk relationships?

Ready to talk relationships?

Relationships, sex and sexual health. They can be some of the most difficult subjects to raise with your children but Childline has some good advice:

Coping with suicidal thoughts and feelings

Coping with suicidal thoughts and feelings

Childline experts have some vital advice for helping troubled teens. Things might not change straight away but they can start to feel better.

How best to talk about bullying

How best to talk about bullying

Every parent worries about whether their child is being bullied, but how can you best talk to them about it? Childline has some excellent advice...

There's no such thing as the perfect family

There's no such thing as the perfect family

Getting on with those you live with isn't always easy. But Childline is there to support children worried about family relationships. Here's how...

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