A vital new service is being provided for Dorset children and young people who are missing out on support during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘See, Hear, Respond’, managed by Barnardo’s and funded by the Department for Education, is a new programme offering online counselling, therapy and face-to-face support.

Anyone can refer a child or young person to the service, which is free and confidential.

It aims to provide a “lifeline” for children and young people who are victims of sexual and domestic abuse, criminal exploitation, those struggling with their mental health, children with special educational needs and disabilities, young carers, and those needing help with reintegrating back into school.

For more information, visit barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond

Helplines are open Monday-Friday from 9am-9pm and at weekends from 10am-6pm. Call 0800 157 7015.