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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.

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.

In summer 2020, we held a virtual roundtable for Harlow MP and Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon MP. Mr Halfon spoke to secondary pupils from a school in his constituency, discussing how their mental health has been impacted by lockdown.

Read the discussion with Mr Halfon MP

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director of the Scottish Government spoke to pupils at a Primary School in Glasgow in support of the Week.

Watch our Q&A with Professor Jason Leitch

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

Young girl wearing hijab, writing on desk at school

New report uncovers the mental health struggles of young British Muslims

The report, launched today, highlights the obstacles faced by young Muslims in their battle to maintain their mental health.

Pupils speaking to Dr Rosena, Fleur and Catherine Roche in the school playground

London MPs visit Heathmere Primary School to discuss children’s wellbeing

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Fleur Anderson visited Heathmere Primary School to learn more about Place2Be’s work in schools.

screenshot of video call featuring Catherine Roche and House of Lords representatives

Place2Be presents evidence to House of Lords Public Services Committee

This week, Place2Be presented evidence on the role of public services in addressing child vulnerability.