Place 2 Be

What difference does Place2Be make in your child’s school?

Place2Be is a charity that works in over 170 schools nationwide. We help children feel better about themselves and when children feel better about themselves they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.

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. Trained adults 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 Place2Be may be especially useful.

There are times when children feel particularly sad, confused, fearful, or angry, due to family problems such as separation or illness, or even the death of a much loved pet. Some may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when having Place2be in school is especially useful.

How we help children

Place2be works with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most. All pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. Children are allowed to talk about anything that they want Place2Talk and Place2Be is a confidential space to do so.


Short lunchtime sessions are open to individuals and to groups. We offer children a space to explore any difficulties that they face. This can be anything from fallouts with friends to issues around bullying and sometimes children come purely to play and create pictures.


These sessions are offered once a week for about 50 minutes and will be on the same day and at the same time in school every week. These sessions give your child the opportunity to express their feelings using play and art. One-to-one sessions usually continue for 3 to 12 months depending on each child’s needs.

How we help families

We routinely meet with parents to discuss their worries about their children. We at Claremont also have a service called A place for Parents, offering adults support with any issues affecting their parenting and/or their relationship with their child.

A Place for Parents

A Place for Parents is a free counselling service offering support for mums, dads, step-parents, grandparents and carers. The service is discreet, confidential and free of charge to all parents and carers of children in a Place2Be school.

How we help schools

Place2be also supports teachers and school staff members via Place2Think which in turn helps the whole school thrive.


Issues discussed with the service remain confidential between the child and the Place2Be representative however, any safeguarding issues will be passed onto the designated person within the school.

Any Questions?

You are welcome to talk to the Place2Be School Project Manager, Sarah Edge at school, either face-to-face or via telephone or email. Sarah is in school Monday to Wednesday each week. You can contact Sarah via the school number on 0161 226 2066.

If you are interested in accessing free parent counselling please contact Sarah edge who can discuss this with you further.

Place2Be’s Wellbeing in Schools Awards

We are delighted to have three finalists in Place2Be’s national Wellbeing in Schools Awards 2016. These Awards recognise ambassadors of positive mental health and highlight the unique contribution that school communities make to the wellbeing of local communities.

Congratulations to:

  • Brian Holmes, finalist in the Place2Be Volunteer Counsellor Award
  • Abdelfattah Elashab, finalist in the Child Champion category
  • Hannah Davies, finalist in the Champion Parent category