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Duchess of Cambridge to attend Place2Be Schools Awards

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is set to attend the Place2Be ‘Wellbeing in School’ Awards at the Kensington Palace State Apartments on the 19th November.

The Place2Be Awards celebrate improvement in mental health issues in school communities throughout the country. The Duchess will meet the finalists in each award category at a reception hosted by Place2Be, before presenting presenting the Child/Young Person Champion Award to the deserving winner.

These are the first Place2Be ‘Wellbeing in Schools’ Awards. They recognise the hard work, not only of the children, but also of the teachers, governors, support staff and parents who work tirelessly to enhance the school community.

Place2Be provides emotional and mental health services in primary and secondary schools across the UK. At present, they support 90,000 children in 230 schools, and help them deal with social and emotional issues such as bullying, domestic violence, neglect and trauma.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been a patron of the organisation since April 2013. Benita Refson OBE, Chief Executive of the organisation, said that: “The Duchess’ support will help Place2Be hugely in its efforts to shine the spotlight on child mental health, and on the need to tackle these issues at the earliest possible stage, so that children have the brightest possible futures, as they deserve.”

The Duchess has always taken an interest in the wellbeing of children’s mental health, and understands the importance of providing students with mental health services. Last November, she attended a similar event in support of Place2Be in Canary Wharf, where she listened to guest speakers talk about issues such as cyber bulling and self-harm.

Attending the Place2Be Awards is just one of many engagements that Kate is expected to carry out this month. On Saturday, she will accompany her husband, Prince William, on a visit to Wales. In the week that follows, William and Kate are set to attend the Royal Variety Performance in London, following which The Duchess will carry out a solo engagement to a SportsAid Workshop.

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