Kate attended the 2017 Gala Dinner for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF), held in The Orangery at Kensington Palace on Tuesday 7 November, where she chatted with families.
The Duchess attended the reception to hear more about the work of the AFNCCF and to meet with some of the charity’s service users, including families who have benefitted from the work of the organisation.
The AFNCCF has built a new Centre of Excellence which will bring together people and organisations in mental health, education, social care and neuroscience alongside children and families often in vulnerable situations.
At the heart of this new campus will be The Family School for children aged between five to14 who have been excluded from mainstream education, which will combine mental health care and education.
The Duchess has now resumed royal duties after taking a short break following the announcement on 4 September that she and the Duke of Cambridge were expecting their third child.
The Duchess’ continued desire to draw attention to child mental health issues is evident as her return to public duties has seen her focusing on this topic.
She made her first public appearance following the pregnancy announcement at a Buckingham Palace reception to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October.
The event was held to recognise the progress, hard work and dedication of those working in the mental health sector across the UK.