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My parents spank me

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My parents spank me and yell at me but they are usually nice I call childline or whatever 


Hello, you are very welcome to Ask Alex.  

Thank you for trusting us with your thoughts and sharing what is going on for you. We know this can be difficult, but it is a big step in the right direction. 

You say that your parents spank you and yell at you, but they are usually nice when you call Childline or other services, 

We are sorry that this is happening to you and want to let you know that this is not okay as no one has the right to hurt you. You are very brave to reach out to Ask Alex, well done! All children living in Ireland have a right to be protected and kept safe from harm. Have you tried speaking to your parents about how their behaviour makes you feel? 

We are wondering if you would consider talking to a trusted adult about what is happening to you. Speaking to an adult who can listen to what is going on for you may be beneficial and relieving for you. Also, they might be able to support you in accessing services that can help you.  

If you are ever feeling unsafe at home, or anywhere else, you have the right to call the emergency services at 999 or 112. These calls are free and can be made from any mobile or landline. 

You have the right to get in touch with Túsla, the Child and Family Agency in Ireland. The social workers within Túsla are there for young people under the age of 18 years old, and their job is to make sure that children and young people are safe at home. You can find your local Túsla office here you would like to get in touch with them or to get some information. You may need the support of an adult to help you with this.    

Childline is always here for you, and we would love to chat to you more about what is going on. You can reach out to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and our services are free and confidential. You can talk to us by phone 1800 66 66 66  or chat to us one-to-one on our webchat on . We will not judge anything you say to us or tell you what to do. We will look at what options may be available to you, with you.  Remember, nobody has the right to hurt you and you have the right to be safe. 

Take care of yourself,  


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