Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Creating a step change in children’s mental health

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families  as been developing and delivering pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. We are leading the way by campaigning for and creating mental health services built around the needs and experiences of children, young people and their families and not around the institutions who deliver them.

Our vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life. We won’t rest until every child and their family has the support they need and deserve, whatever their circumstances.

Kate said: “The help I got from the Anna Freud Centre was pivotal. It gave me the opportunity to talk about my feelings in a place I felt safe. I now feel better than I have ever felt and my family is going very well. My relationships with my husband, son and daughter are healthier. I have more calm confidence at home and it’s wonderful – it’s something I’ve never had before.”

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families’ work

  • Creating a centre of excellence which brings together the best people and organisations in neuroscience, mental health and education to work directly with children and their families, as partners not patients, in a purpose-built facility in north London
  • Developing treatments and programmes that really work, supported by sound evidence and informed and inspired by the direct experience and insight of children and their families.
  • Carrying out research to improve understanding of mental health and resilience and to evaluate and improve the treatments and services children and families are offered
  • Developing new approaches, tools and services that aim to support children, young people and families in distress
  • Teaching and training a new generation of clinicians and researchers in the latest skills and tools to improve mental health globally

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