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Place2Be and BAFTA Kids win the Action for Children’s Arts Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts Award

We are delighted to have been presented the Action for Children's Arts (ACA) Outstanding Contribution to Children's Award 2021, in recognition of our partnership with BAFTA Kids.

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For the past 4 years, Place2Be and BAFTA Kids have worked in partnership to promote mental wellbeing, and the importance of creativity in children and young people's lives. 

The BAFTA Kids Roadshow with Place2Be champions children’s creativity teaches important life skills through film, television and games, and provides access to positive and diverse role models. Since 2017, the roadshow has travelled across England, Scotland and Wales, offering schools a 'Behind the Scenes Assembly' and a 'Presenting Masterclass' led by special guests from the world of children's television.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we launched BAFTA Kids at Home with Place2Be for the many children at home during the pandemic. As part of the project, BAFTA Kids TV presenters including Ashley John-Baptiste, Ben Shires and Arielle Free shared their favourite films, TV shows and characters, alongside activity ideas for families. We also collaborated on the From River to Sea project, an activity from our Art Room team to support children with the transition from primary to secondary school.

For Children's Mental Health Week 2021, we collaborated once again to deliver a hugely successful campaign, working with Oak National Academy to deliver a virtual assembly and series of content on the theme of Express Yourself. More recently, we've launched the 2021 Schools Time Capsule.

At a time when the mental health of our nation is in crisis, we salute the work of these two marvellous organisations and all they are doing on behalf of children in the UK. Vicky Ireland MBE, Chair, Action for Children's Arts

The Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts Award is given annually to a children’s arts practitioner or organisation in recognition of an outstanding contribution to children’s arts. It will be presented virtually in autumn 2021.

We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to be the joint recipients of this award. Through Place2Be’s partnership with BAFTA Kids, the Roadshow has inspired and boosted the confidence of children in schools across England, Scotland and Wales, with a range of activities led by special guests from children's television. Catherine Roche, Chief Executive, Place2Be

Thank you to all of the schools, presenters and special guests who have supported our partnership, and to all of the children and young people who have taken part in our roadshows, activities and special events.

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