CHILDLINE volunteers are bracing themselves for a flood of calls over the coming days.
During the 12 days of Christmas last year, December 24 to January 5, they handled 7,802 counselling interactions with children and young people.
Children across Wearside and the UK contacted ChildLine 2,373 times for in-depth online or telephone counselling on Christmas Day alone.
Family relationship problems, bullying and sexual abuse were the most common reasons for children to call last year.
Children can speak to a counsellor online at childline.org.uk or by telephone on 0800 1111.