What is Place2Be?
Place2Be is a national charity working in over 257 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children.
We help children to develop resilience by supporting them when they are experiencing challenging life issues and helping them to develop self-confidence and lifelong coping skills.
When they are supported in this way, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.
How we help children
All pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. These short lunchtime sessions are open to individuals and to groups. Pupils often talk about friendships and any worries they may have including bullying and cyber-bullying.
Place2Be also works with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most. The school will often refer children for this service.
How we help families
We routinely meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their children. Place2Be also run A Place for Parents, offering adults counselling support for any issues they may have.
How we help schools
Place2Be also supports teachers and school staff members to think through the emotional needs of children and advises and supports the school leadership which helps the whole school to thrive.
How Place2Be works
There is a special Place2Be room inside the school where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play.
Adults that are qualified to work therapeutically, called School Project Managers, support this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don't get in the way of friendships or learning.
Times when we're especially useful
There are times when children feel particularly sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to, for example, family challenges such as separation or illness, or even the death of a much-loved pet. Some children may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that's when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.
Who is eligible for Place2Be?
Any child requiring emotional support for any reason.
You are welcome to talk to your Place2Be School Project Manager; either face-to-face, via telephone or email. At Blakenall Heath Junior, our School Project Manager Shaz Fazal works on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Find out more on the Place2Be website (external link).