Duchess Convenes Symposium on Early Intervention for Children and Families

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THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE CONVENES SYMPOSIUM ON EARLY INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

LONDON

Wednesday 21st March, 2018

On behalf of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Foundation has organised a symposium of leading academics and charities that are championing the importance of early intervention to provide solid social and emotional platforms for children in their early years to make them healthier and more resilient later in life, and thus avoid serious problems which often emerge only in adolescence or in adult years.

Stemming originally from her interests in issues such as addiction and the effects of family breakdown, and her visits to charities and support organisations, Her Royal Highness has been struck time again that so many of society’s greatest social and health challenges often stem from problems that start to manifest themselves in the earliest years in life.

The symposium, hosted by The Royal Foundation and chaired by President of The Royal Society for Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, will bring together academics, researchers, practitioners, educators and charities to explore issues such as perinatal, maternal and infant mental health; parenting support and advice; and resources for schools and educators.

The Duchess has been exploring these issues on an individual basis through a number of engagements and roundtables in recent months. The symposium will draw these strands together enabling the gathered experts to explore the potential for an integrated strategy on early intervention.

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