Kate’s on a mission to rescue kids at risk
THE Duchess of Cambridge is launching a campaign to help children who have been failed by “Broken Britain”.
Kate (pictured) believes the right support, from birth, can help disadvantaged youngsters reach their potential.
She is bringing together experts from academia, education, health and other fields to work on ways to help families tackle anti-social behaviour, addiction and mental health problems.
The subject is politically fraught, with some blaming Broken Britain on parents, and others blaming budget cuts. But sources say the 36-yearold duchess is determined to push ahead because she sees it as potentially as big an issue as climate change.
“This is a lifelong project,” said one royal source. “She is looking at what she can do over the next five, 10, 15, 20 years. She wants to be able to look back and see what difference has been made. That’s what her position in public life allows her to do.”
Researchers have highlighted the importance of early intervention and how children from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not receive the right help at school age can suffer lifelong problems.
If youngsters have limited vocabulary and are not toilettrained when they start school, they are already behind their peers and may never catch up.
The duchess’s initiative, to be launched in the new year, is a major solo move. Until now she has worked on campaigns alongside husband William and brother-in-law Harry.