Esther Lends Her Support
Esther Rantzen CBE has been campaigning for decades for the rights of children. She is founder of the child protection charity ChildLine the first helpline of its kind in the World, which she set up in 1986.
A journalist and television presenter, she is best known for presenting the hit BBC television series 'That's Life' for 21 years, reaching 18 million viewers.
Esther think it's important children and young people are given the opportunity to speak out. She is kindly lending her support to the 'Hear My Voice' campaign.
In 1986 Rantzen produced and presented Childwatch. It alerted the British public to the prevalence of child abuse. As a result Esther successfully campaigned for a number of legal reforms in this area.
Reaction to the programme gave Esther the idea to set up a helpline for children in distress or danger. ChildLine was launched in October 1986. The first night fifty thousand attempted calls were made to the helpline.
ChildLine merged with the NSPCC in 2006 enabling it to expand to try to meet demand. It has now been copied in 150 countries around the world. The online service is also giving more children the chance to speak out.
In 1991, Rantzen was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to broadcasting. She was raised to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) on 17th June 2006 for services to children.