CHILDREN's charity Childline is helping young people spot the signs of peer-on-peer abuse after it held 3,878 counselling sessions with young people concerned about the issue in 2017/18.

This represents a 29 per cent increase on the previous year.

The number of online counselling sessions undertaken by volunteers at the Leeds base has risen by 63 per cent, with an increase from 92 sessions in 2016/17 to 150 in 2017/18.

Childline has relaunched the #ListenToYourSelfie campaign to try to prevent peer-on-peer sexual abuse and to encourage those that have suffered it to speak up.

Any child worried about peer sexual abuse can call Childline on 0800 11 11.

And any adult who is concerned about a child can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.