Sinn Féin spokesperson Patricia Logue expressed concern at the numbers of young people who contacted Childline over Christmas.
Colr. Logue said; “It’s very concerning that nearly 50,000 children and young people in the North contacted Childline over a two week period at Christmas and the New Year. This figure has increased 50% from last year.
“It’s clear that a time of year which should be a joyous and happy occasion for many children here is simply not the case in reality. Increasing numbers of young children are trying to cope and deal with the aftermath of domestic violence and binge drinking in the family home. Often this is hidden away from the public eye and the only source they can access for help is the likes of Childline.
“I am also concerned that there are thousands of other youngsters out there who need help or just someone to talk to,” she said.