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The Anna Freud Centre is committed to improving the emotional well-being of children and young people. We provide excellent treatments and services that work for young people who are suffering from mental health problems.
We offer short-term and long-term specialist treatments for children and families and we’re often called on when other treatments have failed. We advise and offer direct support to parents and provide help for children and young people in emotional distress and at risk, helping to put them back on track for a brighter future.
The Centre is wheelchair accessible and we are happy to respond to the individual accessibility needs of service users referred to the Centre. If you have individual needs and want to make these known to the staff, please feel free to do so prior to your appointment, or at your first appointment.
The Anna Freud Centre is committed to treating people fairly and respects difference. Click to read our Statement of Equality.
Services we offer
The 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.
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 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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
The Court Assessment Service: The Court Assessment Service provides a specialist service undertaking comprehensive assessments of children and families in court proceedings. Find out more.
The 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.