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Duchess of Cambridge to undertake first engagement for Action for Children

The Duchess of Cambridge will make her first visit to Action for Children, one of the patronages she took over from The Queen in December.

The Duchess will visit two Action for Children projects in Wales, in Torfaen and Caerphilly. The first project, MIST, is located in Torfaen and is a child and adolescent mental health project that works with children who live in care with either foster families or birth families.

MIST helps both the child or adolescent and the carer or parent address mental health needs and works to keep the child out of residential or institutional care, living a normal life. The MIST project has been running for 12 years and operates out of Action for Children – Gweithredu dros Blant.

The second project, the Caerphilly Family Intervention Team (FIT), works with children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties, or problems with family relationships, or may cause self-harm.

The Duchess will learn about the family therapy work behind FIT, which is administered by Family Support Practitioners who are trained and supervised in their work.

Action for Children’s chief executive, Sir Tony Hawkhead, will escort the Duchess of Cambridge during her visits to the projects.

“We are thrilled to welcome Her Royal Highness back to Action for Children, now as our new Royal Patron, and introduce the Duchess to the specialised work we do with families in Torfaen and Caerphilly to develop emotional wellbeing in children and give them the confidence and self-belief to fulfill their potential,” said Hawkhead in a statement posted on the Action for Children website.

Action for Children was founded with the mandate to help disadvantaged children in the United Kingdom. It was opened in 1869 by a Methodist minister named Thomas Bowman Stephenson and changed to its current name in 2008. Prior to this, it was called the National Children’s Home.

“We help [disadvantaged children] through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse,” reads the Action for Children official website.

“We make life better for children with disabilities. We influence policy and advocate for change…we succeed by doing what’s right, doing what’s needed, and doing what works for children.”

“We are very grateful to Her Royal Highness for her continued interest in the vital work we do, not just in Wales, but at our 600 services across the UK,” said Hawkhead.

“It is challenging work, but our passionate and dedicated teams make a profound difference to the lives of those who need it most in our communities.”

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