"Oh she has definitely changed" in the way she feels about her school life, her home life, and just the way she is in herself " she is a lot happier" - Parent
"Place2Be helps you feel less angry, make friends, get more confident, sort out your problems, make you feel special, make everything better." Year 5 pupil
What difference does Place2Be make in your child's school?
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.
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 Some children may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that's when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.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.
Working with School
The School Project Manager (SPM) works closely with the staff at Southmere, in particular the PSW/CPO, SENCO, HT and Behavioural team, we share relevant information regarding children with emotional, behavioural, learning and safeguarding needs.
We work together to asses which intervention would be best suited to the child at that time and we regularly communicate to review our chosen actions.
The SPM and CPO support each other at meetings regarding Child Protection.
Place2Be is a very effective service within this school due to the co operation and collaborative working of all staff.
The service has been allowed to become embedded and accepted by all staff, and children are encouraged by the SLT to access the support on offer.
Should you need any more information please do not hesitate to contact me.
School Project Manager
To find out more about Place2Be, please visit our website: www.place2be.org.uk