After Her Majesty The Queen handed down her Patronage for Action for Children to the Duchess of Cambridge in December 2016, the Duchess was able to take on her first visits as Patron yesterday.
While in Wales, Catherine spent time at two Action for Children projects set up to assist vulnerable families.
First of for her busy day was a trip to Torfaen to see MIST. The health project helps children and adolescents deal with mental health after being moved to foster care or through their birth families.
According to royal.uk, MIST “works with both the young person and their carers or birth family to address complex mental health needs, intervening where it becomes clear the child is at risk of being placed in residential or institutional care, with the aim of keeping the child in their local area, and having as normal a life as possible.”
After the Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to MIST, she went to the Caerphilly Family Intervention Team (FIT) where she got a better understanding about the work they do with youth suffering from emotional and behavioural problems, difficult family relationships and those “who have or who are likely to self-harm.”
FIT’s project is carried out by Family Support Practitioners after going through training by a Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist. The Duchess met with practitioners and learned about the work that helps families understand the reasons behind why their loved ones have these behaviours.
Upon the news of the Duchess becoming the new Patron, Chief Executive Tony Hawkhead of Action for Children thanked Her Majesty for her generous support over the last half century in a letter, writing: “The Queen has celebrated with us our greatest achievements including our Centenary in 1969 and the 150th birthday of our founder, Thomas Bowman Stephenson, in 1989.
“As one of the largest children’s charities in the UK we are very proud to have had Her Majesty as our Patron. More importantly, Her Majesty’s tireless contribution to raising awareness of the work we do with disadvantaged children, young people and families has been priceless.
“However, we are delighted to confirm that the Duchess of Cambridge will be taking over from her, becoming our Royal Patron in the New Year. Having visited one of our children’s centres in Sandwell in 2015, she is already familiar with the work we do and no doubt will continue the Queen’s great patronage work.”