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Policy and public affairs

Policy and public affairs

We use evidence and experience from our work to inform public policy across the UK.

Through working directly with children in the school environment, Place2Be is able to inform public policy across England, Wales and Scotland.

We also seek opportunities to engage politicians with our work, so that we can raise awareness of the importance of supporting wellbeing within the school community, and Place2Be’s lead role in this field.

Our policy recommendations

We have developed some policy recommendations based on our experience working with schools across the UK for over 27 years.

Read more about our policy recommendations

Informing and influencing policy

We influence policy by submitting evidence or responses to inquiries and consultations. For example, we responded to the 2017 Green Paper consultation on Transforming Children and Young Peoples Mental Health.

Read our response to the 2017 Green Paper

More recently, we submitted written evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee Inquiry into children’s mental health. 

Read our response to the Health and Social Care Select Committee Inquiry

We also responded to the Department of Education's (DfE) call for evidence on reviewing behaviour guidance. 

Read our response to the Department for Education’s call for evidence on behaviour

Engaging politicians with our work

We seek to engage politicians with our work in schools.

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, Place2Be representatives held events in the Palace of Westminster and the Scottish Parliament:

  • In Westminster, over 40 MPs met Place2Be representatives and headteachers to find out more about our work within the school community; guests included the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Minister for Children and Families, and the Shadow Ministers for Mental Health and for Children.
  • In Holyrood, 50 MSPs dropped by our exhibition stand in the Garden Lobby to learn more about our services and to show their support; attendees included Ministers Maree Todd and Clare Haughey.
  • Parliamentarians showed their support by tweeting about the week.
It is important to support young people with their mental health - to ensure they grow to be healthy adults. It is better for all to support a young person with mental health issues than to allow their mental health to deteriorate. Early intervention is essential and crucial. MP at Place2Be's Parliamentary event during Children's Mental Health Week 2022

Working in partnership

Place2Be works in partnership with other organisations seeking to improve children’s mental health.

Find out more about our partnerships

Contact us

For more information, please contact our Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Sally Etchells, by emailing press@place2be.org.uk.

News & blogs

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A statement from Place2Be on the UK government’s new mental health and wellbeing plan

Place2Be welcomes the chance to submit evidence to inform the Government’s new 10-year plan to improve mental health.

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Schools white paper – a missed opportunity

Our Policy and Public Affairs Manager reflects on the government's recently published white paper on schools.

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A statement from Place2Be on the UK conversion therapy ban

Place2Be responds to the UK government's announcement that it will proceed with a legislative ban on conversion therapy.