Duchess of Cambridge Resumes Royal Duties

Duchess of Cambridge Resumes Royal Duties
The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of The Anna Freud Centre visits their Early Years Parenting Unit in North London. Photo credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The Duchess of Cambridge has today resumed her royal duties with a visit to the Early Years Parenting Unit at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in Holloway, north London.

It was the Duchess’s second visit to the centre since she became patron in May last year and forms part of series of royal engagements designed to draw attention to child mental health issues.

The Early Years Parenting Unit, which opened in 2011, offers assessment and therapy for parents with personality disorders or difficulties and their children under five, who are on the verge of being taken into care.

Parents with personality disorders/difficulties can sometimes experience significant problems regulating their emotions and behaviours and this impacts on their capacity to provide safe, consistent parenting to their children.

The ultimate goal of the Early Years Parenting Unit is to keep families together and help parents become more aware of and responsive to their children’s needs.

On today’s visit, the Duchess met parents and children under the age of five who have both completed the programme or are currently going through the programme.

Later today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit a Child Bereavement UK Centre in Stratford, London to mark its one year anniversary.

The royal couple will meet families who have been helped by the charity when a baby or child is dying and children who have been helped after losing a parent.

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