The Duchess of Cambridge is launching a campaign to help children fail in & # 39; Broken Britain & # 39;
Kate believes that the right support, from birth, can help disadvantaged youth reach their potential.
It is bringing together experts from academia, education, health and other fields to work on how to help families deal with antisocial behavior, addiction and mental health.
The Duchess of Cambridge at Reach Academy in Feltham, London in January
Patient Duchess of Cambridge receives two teddy bears from patient Ava Watt when she arrives at the Great Ormond Street Hospital
Kate believes that the right support, from birth, can help disadvantaged youth reach their potential
The issue is politically charged, and some blame Broken Britain for the parents and others blaming the budget cuts. But sources say the 36-year-old duchess is determined to move forward because she considers it a problem potentially as big as climate change.
"This is a lifelong project," said a real source. "She's looking at what she can do in the next five, ten, 15 or 20 years." She wants to be able to look back and see what difference it has made. That's what his position in public life allows him to do. "
Researchers have stressed the importance of early intervention and how children from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not receive adequate help at school age can suffer lifelong problems.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Ofsted Principal Amanda Spielman have recently spoken about the need to help children whose parents do not teach them the basic skills.
If young people have limited vocabulary and are not trained to go to the bathroom when they start school, they are already behind their peers and many never catch up.
The initiative of the Duchess, which will be launched in the new year, is a great individual move. So far she has worked in campaigns with her husband William and her brother-in-law Harry.
The Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Reach Feltham Academy in London, a school that works in partnership with Place2Be and other organizations to support children, families and the school community
The Duchess of Cambridge visits Robin Hood Elementary School to celebrate her work with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for school gardening
By taking advantage of a topic you want to campaign on for the rest of your life, follow the steps of Prince Charles' campaign for decades to highlight environmental problems.
She insists that she will stay away from public policies, instead of using her "convening power" to bring together experts, charities and academics in the field under the umbrella of the Royal Foundation, the charity for the youngest royalty.
The findings will be published by Kensington Palace next year.
The initiative of the Duchess, which will be launched in the new year, is a great individual move. So far she has worked in campaigns with her husband William and her brother-in-law Harry
Kate Middleton attends the Chance UK charity event at Islington City Hall
Experts on which the Duchess is supported
SCOTT GREENHALGH is the president of Bridges Evergreen, which invests in social enterprises that offer daycare centers in disadvantaged areas, affordable housing or residences
Professor JANE BARLOW is a senior academic in the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford
KATE BILLINGHAM CBE is a former deputy chief of nursing in England
NAOMI EISENSTADT is vice president of the Poverty and Inequality Commission for Scotland
Professor LEON FEINSTEIN is Principal Director of the Children's Commissioner for England
Professor PETER FONAGY OBE is director of psychology and language sciences at University College London and executive director of the Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families.
Dr. ALAIN GREGOIRE is the founder of the Maternal Alliance of Mental Health
ANNAMARIE HASSALL MBE is a director at the National Children & # 39; s Bureau
DAVID HOLMES CBE is the executive director of the charity Family Action
Professor EAMON McCRORY is an academic at UCL, whose work uses brain images to study the mental health of children
Dr. MATTHEW PATRICK is executive director of a NHS mental health fund in south London
KATE STANLEY is the director of strategy of the charity for children of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
ED VAINKER is the director of Reach Academy, a free higher school in Feltham, west of London
According to sources, Kate has privately acknowledged that her detractors are likely to question what she, as an extremely educated and privileged young woman, might know about poverty and lack of family cohesion.
She has often talked about how lucky she is to be part of a close and loving family that has always supported her.
But she argues that it is her duty as a member of the Royal Family to use her position to analyze fundamental issues that affect the nation in the long term.
Last year, the Duchess visited the Reach Academy in West London as patron of Place2Be.
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The work of the Duchess of Cambridge in early intervention is "the most important thing anyone could be doing," said one of her advisors.
Professor Peter Fonagy, in the photo, began working closely with Kate shortly after the birth of his daughter, Princess Charlotte, in 2015 and is a member of his new management group.
He said: "She came with a very deep interest, even then, about childhood and the influence of childhood in later development and she was surprisingly well informed about it." She was clearly on a learning journey, but had a good understanding. of the importance of early development in the rest of life ".
The heavyweights on the committee convened by Kate show the seriousness with which it addresses the issue.
Professor Fonagy said there are few major problems facing the country today. & # 39;[She] could affect the future of an entire generation with their work, "he added.
The academic is the head of the division of psychology and language sciences of University College London. He is also executive director of the Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families, which provides clinical support, especially for children under 5 years of age, and carries out his own research.
The teacher of Hungarian origin Fonagy, 65, speaks from personal experience and was treated by the center as an adolescent of depression.
He said the steering group hopes to develop a clear plan of how organizations can support parents during pregnancy and beyond.
Even encouraging families to just sit down to eat together and talk about their day can have a significant impact, he added.
"What we have come to understand is how important early years can be to influence the choices people make in life," he said. "The Duchess can be such an incredibly important advocate for this issue.
& # 39; She has a remarkable position to raise awareness about the importance of the early years. I can not think of anything more important that a person can do in his capacity. "
The charity provides support to 282 schools across the United Kingdom, promoting good mental health and well-being.
She passed her maternity leave after the birth of her third son Louis, investigating ways to help vulnerable youth.
In a speech delivered in March, he said: "We all know how important childhood is and how the first years shape us for life.
"We also know how negative the downstream impact can be if the problems that arise at an earlier age are ignored or ignored, so it is vital that we feed the children throughout this critical and early period.
"At what stage of a child's development could we, or should we, intervene, break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage?
"The more I have heard, the more I am convinced that the answer must be" early "and" the sooner, the better. "Addressing the problems only when they take root, later in life, results in great detriment: detriment to the assistance system health, education and social support of our country ".
Among the topics that Kate is exploring is how to help vulnerable families from the earliest possible stage so that their children are ready for school and able to cope with their mental and emotional needs.
She and her expert advisers will also discuss how to introduce better mental health support for elementary school children, and teach parenting and relationship skills to adolescents before even thinking about starting a family themselves.
A source said that Kate had been "dipping" & # 39; at her job in recent months, and she could often be seen sitting at home with "mountains of paperwork".
"He's getting to know his subject very well, since he knows how difficult it can be for someone in the royal family to talk about issues like this, and people will often accuse them of being" preachers "or critics," the source said.
"But she has spent the last few years meeting hundreds of people struggling with mental health problems and addiction, and everything seems to go back to childhood."
Kate has only been seen a handful of times since the birth of Prince Louis in April. "However, she has been working hard behind the scenes," said one.