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Home and Families

All families have problems and there’s no such thing as a normal family. But sometimes there are problems that you can't fix by talking to your family. Maybe your parents are fighting, or you're having a hard time with someone else in your family. Sometimes people in families can hurt each other emotionally or physically.

Childline is here to listen to you about the worries you have with your family problems.  Call us to talk to someone who really does know how to listen to how you are feeling.


Living in CareLiving In Care


What is living in care?

Living in care is when you live away from your parents, either with foster parents, or in a care home.  This might be for a short time or it might be more permanent. If you have brothers and sisters and they also need to live away from home then whenever possible the Care Agency will try to find somewhere for you to stay together. Young people who live in care are sometimes called ‘looked after children’.


What is AlcoholismWhat is alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a disease. Your parent is not a bad person; he or she has a disease that makes him or her lose control when drinking. Alcohol does that; when you drink too much, you do and say things that you normally wouldn't. Maybe the disease makes them do mean or stupid things that they would not do if they didn't drink.

How do I stop my parents drinking?

You cannot control your parent's drinking. It is not your fault. Don't hide the bottle or try to be perfect; you can't do anything about your parent's drinking. You are not the reason why your parent drinks. You did not cause the disease.


Step FamiliesStep Families


What actually is a step-family?

Step-families are created when one person who has children marries, or cohabits, again.

Of course this can happen after a death, but nowadays it's much more common after divorce or after the breakdown of a live-in relationship.


Running Away - Childline Gibraltar

Running Away

Reasons for running away from home

There are many reasons why teenagers leave home without telling anyone.

These reasons include:


  • arguments with a parent or other relative
  • stress
  • abuse or violence at home
  • worries about money and debt
  • being thrown out of their home by a parent or carer
  • problems with drugs or alcohol

Family RelationshipsFamily Relationships


Families are all different. They are made up of different people, with different needs, ideas and ways of behaving. This can make a family a special group, but can also mean that getting on together is not always easy. Young people often talk to Childline about their families - it can be about how much they enjoy their family, feeling left out or that they don’t get on with them.


Live Chat

Live Help

We always keep calls confidential, but if we are very worried about your safety or the safety of others, we will talk to you about whether other people need to know.

We will only take action if we feel it is an emergency and we will always talk to you about it first.

Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse

Childline Gibraltar believes that any form of abuse to children whether physical, sexual, emotional or neglect continues to haunt and harm victims in adulthood and every person has the right to overcome the impact of childhood abuse and enjoy a happy and fulfilled life.

The main aim of our new service is to enable and empower adult victims of childhood abuse to access the support they need, in order to make their own personal journey of recovery and heal their emotional wounds.

If you have suffered abuse as a child, you can contact Childline for confidential assistance on our Freephone Helpline 8008 between 5 pm – 9pm or via our website www.childline.gi/need-help or by email on help@childline.gi.


Mission Statement

Childline Gibraltar Mission Statement

"To end Cruelty to children in Gibraltar"


Our Vision

..A society in which all children are loved, valued and able to fulfill their potential. In other words, a society that will not tolerate child abuse - whether sexual, physical, emotional or neglect.

Online Service

Get in touch online

Childline Gibraltar Online ServiceYou can now contact Childline through our new Online Service, which includes a form for Children and a form for concerned adults. Please note that emails are replied to within 48 hours of receipt.

You can contact Childline online by simply clicking here. 

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