“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 280 UK schools reaching a school population of over 116,000 children 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 small groups.
Place2Be also works with children one-to-one and in bigger groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most. The school will often refer children for these services.
How we help families
We routinely meet with parents to discuss concerns they may have about their children or to review how Place2Be provision is going for everyone concerned. Place2Be in some schools runs a formal 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 socio-emotional needs of children and how to help with them. Place2Think incorporates advising and supporting the school leadership which helps the whole school to thrive.
How Place2Be works
There is a special Place2Be room inside the school where children referred for 1:1 counselling express and think about their worries. This happens mostly through creative work and play, plus some talking. Adults that are qualified to work therapeutically, called School Project Managers, support the work.
There is also a Place2Talk room. Children can self refer to this service by filling in the slips placed around the school and putting them into the red Place2Be postboxes. The School Project Manager arranges appointments for them to come, share their worries and think together about solutions.
Both services help children 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, illness, even the death of a much-loved pet. There may be wider social issues such as difficulties making friends or transitioning in schools. Some children may become withdrawn, others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour and less communicative with those closest: that’s when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.
Who is eligible for Place2Be?
Any child requiring emotional support for any reason.
You are very welcome to talk to your Place2Be School Project Manager. You may like to know more about what we do, or to consult about your child. You can telephone or email and if you like, make an appointment to meet.
At Roundhill Primary, our School Project Manager is Karmen, who works on Tuesday & Wednesdays. You can contact her via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school and ask to be put through to the Place2Be Office.
For more information about Place2Be including nationwide updates & events please visit our website: www.place2be.org.uk