Oh she has definitely changed…in the way she feels about her school life, her home life, and just the way she is in herself – she is a lot happier” – Parent
"Place2Be helps you feel less angry, make friends, get more confident, sort out your problems, make you feel special, make everything better." – Year 5 pupil
What difference does Place2Be make in your child’s school?
Place2Be is a national charity working in over 235 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children. We help children to develop resilience by supporting them when they are experiencing challenging life issues and helping them to develop self-confidence and lifelong coping skills. When they are supported in this way, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.
How we help children
All pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. These short lunchtime sessions are open to individuals and to groups. Place2Be also works with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular timetabled support for those who will benefit most. The school will often refer children for this service.
We always obtain written consent from parents or carers before working with children.
How we help families
We routinely meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their children. A number of Place2Be schools also have A Place for Parents, offering adults counselling support for any issues they may have.
How we help schools
Place2Be also supports teachers and school staff members to think through the emotional needs of children and advises and supports the school leadership which helps the whole school to thrive.
How Place2Be works
There is a special Place2Be room inside the school where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. Adults that are qualified to work therapeutically, called School Project Managers, support this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of friendships or learning.
Times when we’re especially useful
There are times when children feel particularly sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to, for example, family challenges such as separation or illness, or even the death of a much-loved pet. Some children may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.
Who is eligible for Place2Be?
Any child requiring emotional support for any reason.
If you have any questions or require any further information you are welcome to talk to our Place2Be School Project Manager Gemma Finley; either face-to-face or via telephone.
Place2be website http://www.place2be.org.uk/
Mental Health Week - 2018
Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Now, in its fourth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.
Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 – #BeingOurselves — takes place 5th to 11th February 2018.
Some children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves. Low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be one-to-one support. That’s why this Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February 2018) Place2Be are highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’ and are inviting everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.
When we have a positive view of ourselves, it can help us to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others. At the same time, celebrating the unique strengths of the people around us can enable us to come together in our schools, workplaces and communities.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or even just someone who is passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health – you can support the campaign by getting involved and spreading the word. In school we will be spreading the word in class and through assemblies. Let’s celebrate ‘Being Ourselves’ together.
If you would like further information then please do not hesitate to contact school to see Gemma, our school based Place2be manager, or alternatively you can visit the Place2Be website.