Mental Health & Wellbeing - Place2Be
Place2Be is a charity that works within schools across the country supporting the well being of the whole school community. One of the most widely used parts of the service is Place2Talk. Pupils can ask for an appointment to talk about a worry by posting a request in one of the Place2Be 'letterboxes' around the school. They can then come alone or with a friend to speak to a counsellor. If needs be, they can be referred on for one to one counselling. Parents and carers can also ask to speak to someone if they have a concern about their child or just want a confidential space for themselves.
To view a short video about Place to Be, Click here
Latest news: The NEW Place2Be School Project Manager
Mrs Mahroo NiroomandPlace2Be Manager
Mrs Mahroo Niroomand
Dear Parents at Gifford Primary School
I am very pleased to have started my new journey at Gifford Primary as the Place2Be manager. I will be running the one to one work alongside lunch time place2Talk sessions.
Children can refer themselves or be referred by a parent or carer, a teacher or another agency.
I am hoping to arrange some group and whole class work on particular issues such as friendship, self-esteem, concentration and transition.
My service is also available for all parents and carers hoping to become more at ease in their parenting roles, develop more self-confidence and positive relationships with their children.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the service.
Telephone: 020 8845 4661
About Place 2 Be
Oh she has definitely changed…in the way she feels about her school life, her home life, and just the way she is in herself – she is a lot happier
Place2Be helps you feel less angry, make friends, get more confident, sort out your problems, make you feel special, make everything better.
– Year 5 pupil
What difference does Place2Be make in your child’s school?
Place2Be is a national charity working in over 250 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 if they have a concern about their child or just want a confidential space for themselves.
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.
One of the most widely used parts of the service is Place2Talk. Pupils can ask for an appointment to talk about a worry by posting a request in one of the Place2Be 'letterboxes' around the school. They can then come alone or with a friend to speak to a counsellor. If needs be, they can be referred on for one to one counselling.
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.
To view a short video about Place to Be, Click here
You are welcome to talk to your Place2Be School Project Manager; either face-to-face or via telephone or email.
To find out more about Place2Be, please visit our website:
Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life.
They recognise that the best way to support families is to provide professional, non-judgmental support and advice in a way that all members of the family can freely access. They provide this through their helpline, extensive advice on their website, befriending services, and parenting/relationship support groups. Nearly all of their services are accessible at no charge to parents and can contact them 365 days a year.
Every child has the right to feel safe in school and enjoy their education without the threat of bullying behaviour.
Our approach is to build the children's self-esteem and confidence and for our approach to be consistent across the school. We intend that the policy is clearly understood and shared by all, children, staff and parents.
Below are Anti-bullying policies in the available language.
Gifford Primary School Anti-Bullying Policy can be found in our Policies tab, which also incorporates Anti Cyber Bullying.
It is the duty of the school to ensure that every child in their care is safe, and the same principles should apply to the ‘virtual’ or digital world as would be applied to the school’s physical buildings.
For more details on E-Safety Policy please go to our Policies tab and more on Online Safety visit our Online Safety.
School Health Service
Gifford Primary School nurse is Josie Edwards.
Grand Union Village Health Centre
Northolt, UB5 6WL
Tel: 0203 313 7500