Rodney Dee is the Place2Be School Project Manager at Curwen Primary School. Place2Be aims to promote children’s mental health and learning by offering a range of services to support individuals and their families.
- Place2Talk: a lunchtime drop-in service for all children from Y1 to Y6.
- Place2Be one-to-one counselling:
Children are referred for a number of reasons and with parental consent attend weekly play therapy sessions for up to a year.
- Parent Counselling:
We have a free and confidential adult counselling service available to parents on a Friday morning.
- MPACT program:
Moving Parents and Children Together is an 8 week program specifically for families affected by alcohol or substance misuse. The program is totally confidential and takes place at a separate venue.
If you would like to find out more about any aspect of the service, or to discuss how it could benefit your child please contact Marianne De Giorgio on 0208 470 2339.
What difference does Place2Be make in your child’s school?
Place2Be is a national charity working in over 235 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children. We help children to develop resilience by supporting them when they are experiencing challenging life issues and helping them to develop self-confidence and lifelong coping skills. When they are supported in this way, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.
How we help children
All pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. These short lunchtime sessions are open to individuals and to groups. Place2Be also works with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most. The school will often refer children for this service.
We always obtain written consent from parents or carers before working with children.
How we help families
We routinely meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their children. A number of Place2Be schools also have A Place for Parents, offering adults counselling support for any issues they may have.
How we help schools
Place2Be also supports teachers and school staff members to think through the emotional needs of children and advises and supports the school leadership which helps the whole school to thrive.
How Place2Be works
There is a special Place2Be room inside the school where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. Adults that are qualified to work therapeutically, called School Project Managers, support this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of friendships or learning.
Times when we’re especially useful
There are times when children feel particularly sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to, for example, family challenges such as separation or illness, or even the death of a much-loved pet. Some children may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.
Who is eligible for Place2Be?
Any child requiring emotional support for any reason.
You are welcome to talk to your Place2Be School Project Manager; either face-to-face or via telephone or email. www.place2be.org.uk
'He is more confident now and he talks to me more about what he's doing and how he feels.' - Parent of Year 3 boy who had attended Place2Be:
'Place2Talk is helpful if you have a worry like someone is not being friends with you and you are feeling upset. Then you can talk about it at Place2Talk and use puppets and draw and then the bad feelings go away' - Year 4 girl about Place2Talk