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Place2Be is a national charity working in over 200 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children. We help children feel better about themselves and when children feel better about themselves, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.


Place2Be works with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most. All pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk.


We always obtain consent from parents or carers before working with children.


How we help children


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. Trained adults 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.


There are times when children feel especially sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to family problems such as separation or illness, or even the death of a much-loved pet. Some may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.


Individual Sessions


  • 1 to 1 sessions for individual children, by referral only, for an hour a week


  • Referrals can be made by staff, parents or the children themselves.


  • Duration = 1 to 3 terms.


  • Written consent is required by parents and child before sessions start.


  • Assessment / information is collected at the start and end of the therapy by using the


Strength and Difficulties Questionnaires (SDQ’s).




General themes relating to the child`s progress can be discussed with the School Project Manager (SPM). However, specific details of the child`s work within the room is confidential unless the counsellor has concerns about the child’s safety or the safety of anyone else around them. In this case, they will discuss this with the Place2Be School Project Manager who will then liaise with the appropriate school staff member.


Group Work


  • Groups of up to 8 children on themes as discussed and agreed with the School Management Team (e.g. transition, bullying, self-esteem).


Place2Talk – Self-referral service (see attached letter)


  • Lunchtime service for all children.


  • Children self-refer by posting a slip in the P2B post box.


  • 15 minute sessions with School Project Manager (SPM) for individuals or small groups of children



How we help families


We routinely meet with parents to discuss their worries about their children.


How we help schools


Place2Think – for teaching staff:


  • Support for teachers and school staff to discuss any issues relating to children or referrals.



Any questions?


You are welcome to talk to your Place2Be School Project Manager; either face-to-face or via telephone or email. The School Project Manager at Ainslie Wood Primary School is Fiona Brisbourne who works on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can contact her via email on Fiona.Brisbourne@PLACE2BE.ORG.UK or call on 0208 5237913


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