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Kids’ bullying helpline welcome, but parents also need help

PUBLISHED: 08:23 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

THE newly-launched bullying helpline service by Tower Hamlets council in East London is very welcome step. But it is not just children that need a helpline when bullying happens. Parents often feel helpless trying to support their child at what is usually a very difficult time

Dear Editor,

THE newly-launched bullying helpline service by Tower Hamlets council in East London is very welcome step (East London Advertiser website, November 17).

But it is not just children that need a helpline when bullying behaviour happens.

Parents are often frustrated and feel helpless in trying to support their child at what is usually a very difficult time.

For parents who want to support their children when they are dealing with bullying, there are services available for them as well.

Parentline Plus has a website, Be Someone to Tell, which is dedicated to supporting parents while they help their children, or alternatively they can ring our 24-hour Parenline on 0808-8002222.

Being a parent is the most difficult job in the world at times. The more support available, the better the chance of parents getting it when they need it. If we are to beat bullying, the children, parents and schools all need access to support, so that together we can deal with bullying behaviour whenever it does take place.

Helen MacFarlane

Parentline Plus

520 Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate-road,

Kentish Town, London, NW5 1TL

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