The first Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards, which celebrates people who make a difference to their school community through commitment to children’s emotional wellbeing, took place on Wednesday (November 19).
Headteacher of Oldfield Primary school in Greenford Liz Day was introduced to Kate Middleton as a finalist in the School Leader category.
The awards, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, took place in the State Apartments of Kensington Palace and the winners of seven categories were announced in front of 160 guests, including the 20 finalists.
Parents, grandparents, teachers and others who have seen the life-changing work of Place2Be for themselves, were asked to nominate their school leaders, teachers, support staff, parent and children champions, Place2Be staff and volunteer counsellors.
The charity’s Chief Executive Catherine Roche said: “The Duchess is committed to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK. Her support for Place2Be has helped to shine a spotlight on the need to tackle children’s mental health at the earliest possible stage.
“These awards give us the chance to thank and celebrate the achievements of our volunteers, our staff, head teachers, parents, and school colleagues and, of course, most importantly, the children and young people themselves.”
Place2Be is the leading UK provider of school-based mental health services, providing early therapeutic intervention to help children and young people cope with issues such as bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been Royal Patron of Place2Be since 2013.