Our story

Place2Be is a national charity providing emotional support to children in schools. We've grown from 5 schools in London to 282 schools nationwide.

 

 

"My experience as a counsellor working with adolescents gave me the passion to found Place2Be in 1994. I knew that we needed to reach children's problems sooner rather than later so their problems don't grow with them and they can view life with a sense of hope and engage with their learning."

Dame Benita Refson DBE, President

 

  • Why our work matters

    The need for Place2Be's services is acute and growing every day. The costs of not providing early mental health support are considerable: children suffer, costs to taxpayers rise and society loses the potential of another individual.

  • Awards Overview

    Place2Be's work with children, parents and teachers has been widely recognised by a variety of awards over the years.  Last year we launched Place2Be's own awards - The Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards.

     

  • Children's Mental Health Week

  • News

    Read the latest news and views from Place2Be

  • Blog

    Our Chief Executive, clinical practitioners, experts, advisors and volunteers share their views and experiences about early intervention, children's mental health and counselling in schools.

  • Our Royal Patron

    HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is the Royal Patron of Place2Be. The Duchess' decision to support Place2Be is a reflection of her personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK.

  • Mission, vision and values

    Place2Be is passionate about providing a better future for children.

  • Our Team

    The Place2Be team are leaders in the field of children's mental health and well-being and have a wealth of experience in counselling, education, child psychiatry and philanthropy.

  • Our Partnerships

    Place2Be is proud to work in partnership with a range of organisations who share a common vision to enhance the wellbeing and prospects of children and their families.

  • Accounts & publications

    Latest annual accounts and impact publications.

  • The early years of Place2Be

    Find out about Place2Be's origins

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  • Children's stories

    Children who are struggling to cope can't reach their potential

    Children's stories
  • Volunteer

    Join our team of volunteers who are the heart of our work with children

    Volunteer
  • Fundraise

    Bake some cakes, run round the park or ask your company to support us

    Fundraise
 
 

Jacob's story

Jacob's teacher was worried that he was withdrawn in class and suggested he went to see Place2Be