The NSPCC Childline have launched an app – ‘For Me’ – designed to provide young people with direct access to counselling from their smartphones. Developed in partnership with Barclays, the app is the first of its kind in the UK.
Following evolving trends of internet usage and an ever-increasing smartphone culture, the NSPCC have had to adapt the way they offer their services. 71% of Childline’s counselling services are delivered via email and 1-2-1 chat and in 2016, 1.8 million sessions on the Childline website were conducted via mobile devices.
The features of the app include;
- 1-2-1 chat with a professional counsellor
- ‘Ask Sam’ problem pages
- Private locker – a private area where young people can document their thoughts, feelings and ideas in a mood journal, bookmark information pages, and a gallery where users can draw their feelings and emotions.
The app was created by four teenagers who believed young people needed to have easy access to confidential support and advice.
“Our initial ideas for the app came about during a school lesson. I hope it will really make a difference to people our age who are struggling.”
– Laura Hindle (co-creator) – Childline.org.uk
The app is currently only available on IOS devices, but an Android version is in development and will be released within a matter of weeks.