It has been revealed that traumatised children as young as five are ringing ChildLine in Northern Ireland to say they are suffering physical abuse at the hands of a parent.

The details came from the charity as it launches a new poster campaign aimed at getting its helpline number into the minds of more children.

The charity said that while 41% of calls it received from children aged between five and 11 in the Northern Ireland were about bullying, physical abuse came second, making up 15% of calls.

It is launching four new posters highlighting its helpline number and letting children know there is somewhere to turn for confidential help and support 24 hours a day.