YOUNG people who are coming to terms with their sexuality and gender are being supported through a new campaign.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has released tips on how to ensure children get the support they need, after Childline announced its campaign, 'Never apologise for who you are'.

The campaign ensures children feel safe when it comes to learning about who they are and their sexuality, as well getting the support they need through the charities counsellors for non-judgemental advice.

Debbie Knights, community fundraising manager for NSPCC Berkshire, said: "For children and young people, learning to understand their sexuality or gender identity can be confusing and LGBTQ+ people can face bullying and discrimination which may exacerbate that confusion.

"It is really important that children know that there is no such thing as normal sexuality and that no one should be made to feel uncomfortable or singled out because of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

Parents are being offered advice on how to support their children who are confused about their sexuality and identity.

The children's charity has issued tips on how to help parents, such as to always reassure their children and tell them it is okay if they are confused about their sexual preference.

As well as this, youngsters can be told that sexuality and gender is not a choice and it is okay if their feelings towards this changes over time.

However, Debbie said there is still a lot of pressure for children to come out and when they do it can be tough so more support is needed.

She said: "Sadly, there are times when young people may feel unsafe about 'coming out' to certain people, whether that is a concern of how their family or community may react or the threat of bullying.

"Making a safety plan is really important if a young person is worried about people reacting badly to their sexuality or gender identity."

A list of numbers, including Childline and the police is noteworthy, places to go if a child feels unsafe and a list of trusted adults or friends who can offer support is also important to know.

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