What is Place2Be ?
Place2Be is a national charity working in over 235 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children. They 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.
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How Place2Be helps 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. 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 Place2Be helps families
Place2Be also meets with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their children.
How Place2Be works
There is a special Place2Be room inside Swaffield where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. Our School Project Manager, David Fraser, supports 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 Some children may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour.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.
David Fraser is our Place2Be School Project Manager
David is based in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can contact him either face-to-face, by phone or email:
Contact David by phone via the School Office number: 020 8874 2825
Natalie Hawkins is our Place2Be Parent Counsellor
Natalie is based in school on a Friday mornings (9:30am - 1pm) and will be providing free and confidential 1-1 counselling for parents.
If you are interested in learning more about the Place for Parents service, please feel free to contact our David Fraser our School Project Manager
Alternatively, you can contact Natalie directly by email or phone:
Mobile. 07713 395 553
To find out more about Place2Be, please visit their website: www.place2be.org.uk