Place 2Be – National Charity

charity no: 1040756



Aims & Objectives


Our mission is to improve children and young people’s mental health.


We believe that no child or young person should have to face mental health problems alone and our teams across the UK passionately support children and young people in managing challenges in their lives.


Place2Be's vision is for all children and young people to have the support they need to build lifelong coping skills and thrive.


We will make this happen by:

  • providing high-quality mental health services in schools, backed by research
  • building confidence and knowledge in schools to promote a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing
  • growing a mental health workforce that can support children and young people
  • raising awareness of children and young people’s mental health everywhere, from the government to the general public.






Partner School Delivery Model


• In-school mental health support for pupils, families and school staff (whole community
approach) aligned with Wales Whole School Approach to Emotional and Mental
Wellbeing self-evaluation


• Face-to-face and online training for school leaders and school staff


• Reflective supervision and supportive forums for school leaders and school staff


Each school has a dedicated Place2Be Mental Health Professional who is an integral part of the school community. They work closely with pupils, families and staff to improve emotional wellbeing and provide mental health support for the whole school. We work with our national Research and Evidence team to ensure impact is measured and school can track and evaluate progress made.



Universal In-School services


  • Place2Talk - self-referral service open to all students, individuals or small groups


  • Parent Partnership - advice and signposting for family-focused issues for any parent/carer; up to 5 sessions


  • Place2Think - self-referral service for all school staff providing consultancy on mental health issues arising in the school


  • Psychoeducation - whole-class group session work delivered in a structured and scripted way Educational Psychologist Consultation & Support - focuses on vulnerable children and those with complex needs, including SEND/ASN


  • Staff Insets and Online training - bespoke workshops, delivered face to face or online to school staff on topics eg. staff wellbeing or attachment


  • Safeguarding – partnership work with schools to ensure safeguarding concerns are raised and appropriate actions are taken


  • Parent/carer community time - mental health awareness sessions on different topics



Targeted In-School Services


  • One-to-one child counselling - 10 sessions per pupil; 40-60 minutes per session (extended where clinically necessary, generally a maximum of 20 sessions)


  • Therapeutic groupwork (Journey of Hope) - 8 session programme for 6-10 pupils with high emotional and/or peer difficulties score on the SDQ


  • Personalised Individual Parenting Training - an intensive parenting programme designed to promote 3 a positive attachment relationship between a parent and child by reducing children's oppositional and antisocial behaviour and increasing their prosocial behaviour and compliance. Delivered by the Family Practitioner, face to face or virtually, via 7 – 10 60-minute sessions


  • Knowledge Insight Tools (KIT) - up to 10 CBT informed sessions for secondary school pupils presenting with anxiety, low mood or low-level depression





Additional Resources for Schools


• Parenting Smart website provides practical tips to support children’s wellbeing and manage


• Parenting Smart - Online Course developed in collaboration with NHS and aims to empower and
support parents, so they feel capable of managing the parenting journey


• Staffroom an online community for staff to share resources, tips and ideas. Staff can download
curriculum and whole school resources as well as accessing additional training


• Safeguarding access to national safeguarding team to provide formal and informal support,
advice and guidance on any safeguarding concerns.






Our CPD-certified Mental Health Champions Foundation programme is an online children’s mental health training course developed from our work in schools. The programme aims to:



  • Enhance professionals’ understanding of children’s mental health
  • Introduce approaches that foster positive wellbeing in schools, colleges and communities. • The course is suitable for people working with children and young people of any age.
  • Linked to Curriculum for Wales and relevant Welsh statutory guidance



Course details


  1. 5-week online FREE programme (1–1.5 hours per week total)
  2. A dedicated Place2Be professional to join discussions and aid online learning
  3. Available in English and Welsh
  4. Free for any member of school staff (including support staff and governors)






Place 2Be services are commissioned and partner schools can access services and make
appropriate referrals. Place 2Be work with pupils, staff and parents/families within the
school community.


Any professional can access the free Mental Health Foundation training programme.

Last Updated: December 4, 2023
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