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Five-year-olds calling ChildLine on self-harming

Charity ChildLine has taken calls about self-harm relating to children as young as five, its manager in Wales says.

While self-harming is most prevalent among older teenage girls, there are fears it also affects younger children.

But new figures commissioned by BBC Wales show worrying numbers of 10 to 14-year-old girls continue to self-harm.

The Welsh government said it was investing millions in mental health and counselling services for young people.

ChildLine's Ann Pulling, told Gareth Lewis on BBC Radio Wales that there was a growing pressure on young people to look and act a certain way.

Five-year-olds in self-harm calls

  • 04 Feb 2013
  • From the section Wales