The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Anna Freud Centre in London on Thursday to see how the charity is accomplishing positive change in children’s and young people’s mental health care.
Located near King’s Cross, The Duchess visited the site of the planned Community Campus and its Family School.
Thursday’s visit indicates Catherine’s interest in child mental health issues and the significance of early intervention and working with the whole family to provide children with in-school mental health services.
The Anna Freud Centre (AFC) focusses on lessening the strain of mental health challenges carried by children and young people by offering a holistic approach to tackling the issue.
The charity is building a new Community Campus, where specialists in mental health, neuroscience and education will work collectively with children and families on advancing new treatments and methods.
During her visit, Kate heard about the AFC’s development plan for the Campus, incorporating its research and training programmes, which helps train over 3,000 professionals in this field each year.
The Duchess then went on to visit the Centre’s Family School. The school affords alternative education for children with serious emotional and behavioural issues and their families. The school also brings together families that are confronting related issues and offers training along with therapeutic support for both children and parents.
Catherine had the chance to observe and join in a series of activities that are part of the routine of the Family School day. Activities included the ‘SmartGym’ programme that blends technology and sports psychology. Its goal is to to build resilience, increase emotional skills and advance academic performance in children with emotional and behavioural problems.
On Friday, Kate will join her husband and Prince Harry and at the opening ceremony of Rugby World Cup and take in a match at Twickenham Stadium.
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