Pregnant Kate over morning sickness: Prince George taken to school by Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge revealed today that she is now well enough to take Prince George on the school run after missing his first day because of illness.
Kate, who is four months pregnant with her third child, said she was just getting used to leaving George at the school gate and realising that she was now sharing the responsibility of bringing him up with teachers, support staff and others.
The Duchess, who was too ill with the severe morning sickness hyperemesis gravidarum to take four-year-old George on his first day at Thomas’s Battersea in September, has been arranging her official royal engagements around the school rim at either end of the day.
She told an audience of headteachers, academics, and mental health professionals at the Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London: “As a mother just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child.
“Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff or parents – we’re all in this together.
“We are all working to give children the emotional strength they need to face their futures and thrive.”
The future Queen, who is patron of Place2Be – a charity that promotes early intervention to build resilience in children and help them overcome mental health problems – was spending all day at the annual conference, listening to experts.
Kate, 35, wore a £480 plum-coloured Eloise tunic dress by Goat to the forum, which was due to last until mid-afternoon.
Three children in every classroom on average have a diagnosable mental health problem and half of those with lifetime issues first experience symptoms by the age of 14. But mental health professionals have long complained that few resources are devoted to treating them in what they have described as a Cinderella service.
As a mother just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child
Duchess of Cambridge
Catherine Roche, Place2Be’s chief executive, told the conference that research showed young people faced a 10-year wait between first experiencing symptoms and receiving treatment. She said the National Health Service had made a commitment that by 2020 35 per cent with a mental health condition would receive treatment – but that would still leave the majority facing problems without the right support.
Kate told the audience: “Four years ago, when I became patron of Place2Be, I believed what you all know to be true: that getting support to children at the very earliest stage helps improve their outcomes later in life.
“Schools and teachers are at the heart of this support, and have a crucial role to play. You know your pupils. You know their circumstances. You can spot when a family’s having a tough time. You occupy a special position because you can identify issues and take action when it’s most needed.”
The forum was held in the offices of the financial services company UBS, which has supported Place2Be for 10 years and co-founded a school, The Bridge Academy, in Hackney, east London.
The school’s pupils are among the top five per cent most disadvantaged in the country but its results are among the top 10 per cent.
Kate listened as the school’s head boy Edmund Ross, 17, said that Place2Be offered “a frontline preventative service” for children.
He said many, including himself, had been touched in some way by suicide, the biggest killer of young men. “When events like that happen there is the obvious emotional stress it causes and it can lead to abrasiveness and tension between friends,” he said. “Issues can also filter through to the classroom and can affect the learning of everyone involved.”
Edmund, who hopes to go to Cambridge University, said he and his peers faced crucial exams. He added: “With exams at any age it can feel like your entire future is resting on your shoulders. It’s important that someone somewhere can provide an atmosphere that’s receptive, calming and most of all allows you to explore your options. It’s exactly these qualities that prove why Place2be’s so important at the Bridge.”
In her speech, head girl ‘Dolapo Prince, 18, added, “Domestic violence, abandonment, poverty and anxiety are only a fraction of the various challenges students face. Mental health is rarely openly discussed in schools but yet it is an issue that can shape the future of the individual.”
“From personal experiences, I’m aware how difficult it is for a child to disclose sensitive information to their teachers, friends or even parents. This can result in the formation of emotional barriers to learning.”
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