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Place2Be opens new Headquarters with a visit from Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 

07/03/2018

The new headquarters will provide state-of-the-art training facilities to enable Place2Be to train more counsellors, teachers and school leaders.

Today, 7th March 2018, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened Place2Be’s new headquarters in Clerkenwell, London.

The headquarters will provide state-of-the-art training facilities to enable Place2Be to train more counsellors, teachers and school leaders and provide a new home to the charity's research and evaluation teams.

The Duchess used the visit to learn more about the training provided and research conducted by Place2Be around children's mental health, which is key part of Her Royal Highness's work to support mothers, teachers and parents in order to ensure children have the best possible start in life.

During the visit, The Duchess took part in a discussion with mental health professionals who have completed one of Place2Be’s accredited child counselling qualifications, as well as School Leaders who have participated in the charity’s Mental Health Champions programme. Her Royal Highness also met staff and pupils from one of the charity’s longstanding partner schools, Albion Primary School in Rotherhithe, where Place2Be has been providing mental health support for pupils, families and staff for 16 years.

Addressing staff members and supporters at an official ceremony, The Duchess of Cambridge said:

“We know that schools have a vital role to play in creating an emotionally healthy culture for children."
 
“Schools, however, cannot and should not have to manage all this alone. School leaders and teachers need expert guidance and training to develop their own approaches to supporting children’s mental wellbeing.”
 
The Duchess added:
 
“They also need access to a pool of experienced, well-trained mental health professionals, who can step in when things are more complex or serious."

"As its Patron, I am incredibly proud of the contribution that Place2Be is making towards exactly this."

“They are training and guiding thousands of counsellors, and many hundreds of school leaders, teachers and staff, based on the evidence and experience gathered from their frontline work.”

The Duchess joined a roundtable with members of Place2Be’s Research and Evaluation team, and the independent Research Advisory Group, to discuss how Place2Be uses evidence and research to inform and continuously improve practice.

To end the visit, Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque at an official ceremony with supporters, to mark the building's opening.

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