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Child mental health support – Wales

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Child mental health support – Wales

Place2Be has offered mental health support for children and young people in Wales since 2009 and currently reaches over 2,500 pupils and their families across twelve schools in South Wales.

We take a whole school approach to supporting children’s mental health. We offer a menu of different services to meet schools’ needs, including universal and targeted support for children and families. In addition, we offer expert training, support and resources for teachers and school staff.

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We build children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. We also support parents and school staff and help schools to be mentally healthy. Read about our services 

Our communities face challenges including poverty, domestic violence and complex needs. Search for Place2Be schools near you

For every £1 invested, our counselling service in UK primary schools has the potential to return £6.20 to society, according to a report by Pro Bono Economics. Read the report 

Funding for our in-school service comes from a variety of sources including Pupil Development Grant and fundraising.

See our schools brochure

You helped me have the confidence to have that big conversation, so although I might still feel anxious, I feel I can have other big conversations too. Primary school pupil, Wales

Our work in Wales

Schools that choose to partner with Place2Be are provided with a mental health professional who is an integral part of the school team. They work closely with pupils, families and staff to improve emotional wellbeing and provide mental health support for the whole school. This includes:

  • Place2Talk - Universal drop-in service for students
  • Place2Think - Consultation for teachers and school staff
  • Whole class sessions and assemblies focusing on wellbeing themes
  • Targeted individual counselling and therapeutic group work
  • Support for parents and carers
  • Consultations – on emotional wellbeing and behaviour, tailored to each school

Read more about our mental health support in schools

Read our response to the Welsh Government’s Whole School Approach Framework

I like coming here, it’s just really good to be able to talk about my feelings. I always feel better when after I’ve talked about it. Place2Talk pupil

Flexible training for schools

Teachers and staff from any school can access Place2Be’s professional CPD and training programmes. These include:

Mental Health Champions- Foundation programme – a flexible 5-week programme to enhance professionals’ understanding of children’s mental health and introduce approaches that foster positive wellbeing in schools and communities.

Specialist workshops – delivered in school or at Local Authority or Regional Consortium Level

Counselling Placements

Our Counselling Placements in schools are an opportunity to work with children in a safe therapeutic setting. Read about our Counselling Placements and apply

Read about our services

Get in touch

wales@place2be.org.uk

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