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Mental health issues among children and young people continue to represent a significant burden for the individual and for society
As a Centre committed to improving the emotional well-being of young people, we aim to deliver effective, evidence-based interventions for children and young people with mental health problems. We are dedicated to working in partnership with statutory agencies and commissioners to deliver services that are proven to work, have positive long term outcomes and always put the needs of the child first.
We strive to find the best ways to help children and young people with emotional difficulties. This clinically acquired experience is then shared with other professionals who work with children and their families. While there are many other agencies that provide direct help of one sort or another for children and young people, we believe our approach is unique in leveraging learning from research and practice into radically new models of intervention. We also use this expertise to provide comprehensive assessments of children and families in court proceedings to ensure the best interests of the child are always the central concern.
Our clinical work - our practice - on the one hand, and our research and training - our learning - on the other, complement and inform each other. In this way we deliver interventions with real results. Our evidence-based approach means we know what works and can work together with commissioners to provide effective services to children and families on a daily basis.
We have a wide range of short-term and long-term specialist services that you can commission.
AMBIT: AMBIT is an innovative approach which brings mental health, education, and social interventions together to provide direct help to very troubled young people. The Anna Freud Centre provides AMBIT trainings for teams, and is currently developing capacity to deliver online group supervision for AMBIT trained teams. Find out more
Child Psychotherapy Service: For a small number of children more long-term, intensive help can be needed. Child psychotherapy is a way to treat children’s difficulties and emotional distress by exploring the thoughts and feelings that may lie behind them. Find out more.
Court Assessment Service: The Court Assessment Service provides a specialist service undertaking comprehensive assessments of children and families in court proceedings. Find out more.
Family Assessment Service: The Family Assessment Service (FAS) carries out independent assessments and reports for the family courts where children are involved in care proceedings. Find out more.
Mentalization Based Therapy for Families: This is a service for families with children aged 7-18. It uses an innovative form of brief family therapy (6-10 meetings) Find out more.
Parent Consultation Service: Our one-off telephone consultation for parents provides free, specialist advice and support on common emotional and behavioural difficulties that many families face. Find out more.
Parent Infant Project: Having a baby is often a happy occasion but can sometimes be surprisingly difficult. Our psychotherapeutic services work together with you and your baby to help you think about the feelings you both have. Find out more.
Parent Infant Project Court Assessment Service: Offers a comprehensive Court Assessment package. The assessment addresses the attachment relationship between parents and their infants/toddlers, in the context of severe professional concern around risk to the child’s safety and/or development. Find out more
Parent-Toddler Groups: Toddlerhood is a challenging stage for both parent and child. In our small, informal parent-toddler groups we aim to build your relationship and support your toddler’s development through talk and play. Find out more.
Primary Schools Project: The primary schools project takes place in schools and works together with school staff to address the needs of the most vulnerable children and their families. Find out more.
Voice Collective Group: This is a support group for young people who hear voices or see visions that other people can’t. Find out more.
For general commissioning enquiries, or if you are interested in commissioning a service not listed above, please contact John Lincoln by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 020 7794 2313.