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Loneliness a concern for thousands of children

They used to say that childhood was the happiest days of your life, but a recent report from the NSPCC suggests that that is no longer the case – children these days are lonely and isolated. Childline provided 4,063 counselling sessions about loneliness in 2016/17 and 73 per cent of these counselling sessions were with girls.

It could be argued that as loneliness was identified in less than one per cent of the nearly 509,000 contacts made to Childline last year, loneliness is...

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