Duchess of Cambridge to Open Anna Freud Centre of Excellence




Wednesday 1st May, 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, will officially open the new Centre of Excellence at Rodney Street on Wednesday 1st May. Her Royal Highness will also visit the Pears Family School in its new building and meet with children and their families participating in a music class.

The new building, The Kantor Centre of Excellence, brings together for the first time under one roof, experts and leading practitioners in neuroscience, mental health, social care, child development, research and education, alongside children, young people and their families. By combining all of the elements required to improve both understanding and practice in children’s mental health, in one coherent space, the Centre can continue to pursue its ambition of transforming mental health provision for children and their families across the UK.

The Anna Freud Centre’s work now reaches over one million children in schools as they work to reduce the burden of mental health difficulties that children can face. For those unsuited or unable to meet the demands of mainstream school provision, the Pears Family School can help. The school combines mental health care and education, for children aged 5-14, in a setting in which a parent or significant adult family member participates in the classroom with their child.

This visit marks The Duchess’s continued desire to shine a spotlight on child mental health issues and the importance of early intervention, and working with the whole family, can make to those in vulnerable situations. Her Royal Highness is keen to draw attention to the ways in which this charity is making progress in their work to lead a step change in children’s and young people’s mental health care.

The Duchess of Cambridge first visited The Anna Freud Centre in 2015, before becoming Patron in February 2016. Since then, Her Royal Highness has visited the Family School and the Centre’s Early Years Parenting Unit (EYPU) and has met many professionals and experts from the Centre through her Early Years work with The Royal Foundation and the ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ initiative, of which the Centre is a key partner.

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