Kate’s on a mis­sion to res­cue kids at risk

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - REBECCA ENGLISH

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.

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