ChildLine helps young people with exam results

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CHILDLINE is offering support to teenagers in Lincolnshire who are feeling anxious ahead of their exam results.

The helpline is encouraging young people in Lincolnshire to contact the service by phone or online with any worries they may have either before or after their A Level results on Thursday August 18 or GSCE results the following week (August 25).

The East Midlands ChildLine base in Nottingham answers calls from Lincolnshire and beyond.

Jan Chown, ChildLine services manager for ChildLine Nottingham, said: “Although it is the summer holidays we know that many young peoples’ minds will be on their upcoming exam results.

“We hear from lots of teenagers each year who are anxious or panicking about their results. We want them to know that they are not alone and that ChildLine is here to listen to them.”

Parents, family and trusted adults can help young people who may be worrying by asking them how they are feeling about their exam results and talking to them about their concerns.

Young people should talk to someone about how they are feeling – a parent, carer, friend or teacher. Or they can speak to someone anonymously by contacting ChildLine in confidence on 0800 1111 or via the ChildLine website www.childline.org.uk

It is important for young people to understand that their whole future will not be determined by their exam results. There are lots of things young people can do to gain experience. They can speak to their guidance counsellor or even a career advisor about the options available to them.

There is also lots of help, advice and fun things to do on the ‘Beat exam stress’ section of the ChildLine website www.childline.org.uk. Young people can write on message boards where they can talk to others who are waiting for results and offer support to each other. They can also use the creative tools to express their feelings and watch videos.