Statistics and evidence
Statistics and evidence
Our support uses tried and tested methods, backed by research.
We collect evidence and data about the work we do and use it to measure our impact. This helps us to constantly improve our services.
Our work has a profound effect on children’s mental health, illustrated by our statistics. With Place2Be’s help, schools become more ‘mentally healthy’ – and society saves money.
The pupils we support
Last year Place2Be supported more than 5,300 pupils through one-to-one counselling. Many of these children and young people face challenges which can make it hard for them to focus at school.
45% have free school meals, 9% are subject to a child protection plan, 6% are subject to a care order and 28% have Special Educational Needs / Additional Support Needs (SEN/ASN).
Children and young people may worry about other things too. Last year around 38,000 pupils chose to book our self-referral breaktime support service (Place2Talk) where they talked to one of our mental health professionals about friendship problems and difficult emotions like sadness and anger.
For every £1 invested, our counselling service in primary schools has the potential to return £6.20 to society by improving outcomes for each child, according to research from Pro Bono Economics.
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Impact on children and young people
After one-to-one counselling with Place2Be, parents tell us that
Of pupils with the highest level of need show an improvement in wellbeing
Of pupils show an improvement in friendships
Of pupils show an improvement at home
Teachers tell us that
of pupils caused fewer problems in class
of pupils found their difficulties had less impact on their learning
Our follow-up study found that children and young people continue to benefit from these improvements one year later
of pupils maintained no/moderate difficulties one year after counselling according to their parents
of pupils maintained no/moderate difficulties one year after counselling according to teachers
The Art Room
of pupils with the highest level of need showed an improvement in wellbeing after visiting The Art Room according to teachers
Impact on families
Last year we ran 14,200 guidance sessions for parents and carers (Parent Partnership), helping them understand and support their child.
We also provided one-to-one counselling for more than 645 family members. 85% showed an improvement in their wellbeing.
Impact on school staff
Last year we held over 16,700 consultation sessions for school staff (Place2Think) to support them with issues such as understanding and managing behaviour, supporting pupils and self-care.
Over 367 school leaders took part in our Mental Health Champions – School Leader programme. 100% of participants who participated in the evaluation felt confident to manage the behaviour of pupils with mental health needs (compared to 69% before).
99% of the 143 teachers who participated in the evaluation of our Mental Health Champions – Class Teacher programme had a high or medium level of knowledge of children’s mental health after training.
News & blogs
Teaching resilience skills can support teenager's mental health
Dr Anne-Laura van Harmelen and Professor Tamsin Ford from the University of Cambridge guest blog for Children's Mental Health Week.READ MORE
Place2Be and NAHT release joint research
The research was conducted as part of Children's Mental Health Week.READ MORE
Evaluating School Counselling
Dr Fiona Pienaar looks at the impact of school-based counselling through evaluating client feedback.READ MORE