Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge and one of the first appearances of the tiny baby bump of Cambridge Baby number three, headed off to the charity Place2Be.
At the event, the Duchess, dressed in a burgundy GOAT dress, spoke of her eldest child, Prince George, who started school at St Thomas, Battersea in September, touching on how it takes a “community to help raise a child.”
As royal patron of Place2Be, Kate arrived to an armful of flowers at the financial services company UBS where the conference was held and the students of The Bridge Academy in Hackney which UBS has supported for ten years. They also co-founded The Bridge Academy.
Once inside, the Duchess gave a speech to the crowd, saying:
“As a mother, just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child.
“Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff or parents we are all in this together.
“We are all working to give children the emotional strength they need to face their future lives and thrive.”
The conference, titled ‘I’m Fine!’ included experts in child psychiatry and psychology and headteachers to discuss how schools should support youth and their families.
Adding on, the Duchess of Cambridge said: “Four years ago, when I became patron of Place2Be, I believed what you all know to be true: that getting support to children at the very earliest stage helps improve their outcomes later in life.
“Schools and teachers are at the heart of this support, and have a crucial role to play. You know your pupils. You know their circumstances. You can spot when a family’s having a tough time. You occupy a special position because you can identify issues and take action when it’s most needed.”
Head girl, Dolapo Prince, spoke of The Bridge’s venture with Place2Be, saying: “Domestic violence, abandonment, poverty and anxiety are only a fraction of the various challenges students face. Mental health is rarely openly discussed in schools but yet it is an issue that can shape the future of the individual.
“From personal experiences, I’m aware how difficult it is for a child to disclose sensitive information to their teachers, friends or even parents. This can result in the formation of emotional barriers to learning.”