Knowledge exchange

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has developed and delivered pioneering mental health care for over 60 years.  Our aim is to transform current mental health provision by sharing our world-leading expertise through research, teaching and training, and innovative services. 

Below you'll find latest resources developed by the Centre including our free eLearning module and 30 minute training video on Measuring Wellbeing and 3 x 10 minute presentations from the Learning Network's first free seminar and networking event regarding childhood adversity and trauma.

To join the Anna Freud Learning Network, please click here.


Talking Endings roundtables

The Anna Freud Learning Network is holding a series of roundtables with mental health practitioners to explore approaches to ending treatment with children and young people in difficult circumstances.

The roundtables will take place 5pm – 6.30pm in the following locations:

  • London (Old Street)    19th October
  • Birmingham               24th October
  • Manchester                2nd November
  • London (Hampstead)  7th November
  • Liverpool                   16th November
  • Bristol                       30th November 
  • Leeds                        7th December 

Why the focus on treatment endings?

Services are responding to high levels of need with finite resources. At the same time, data shows that not everyone improves or is better at the end of treatment. Our discussions with practitioners have brought to light how challenging decisions about how and when to end treatment can be in this context.

We believe it is crucial to draw on the experiences and expertise of a broad range of practitioners and young people to understand factors that can make ending difficult, how best to end treatment when it is not helping and to open up a conversation about how we talk about this challenge.

How will your input be used?

We intend to use the contributions to the roundtables to inform a report and some guidance for practitioners. In addition, we have ethical approval from University College London to use these roundtables as part of our ongoing academic research. As such, the roundtables will be audio recorded and participants will be asked to sign a consent form.

How can I register?

To register email with the following information by Friday 29th September:

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Job role
  • Which roundtable you would like to attend.


Measuring and Monitoring Children and Young People's Mental Wellbeing eLearning and online training

What is mental wellbeing, why should schools measure it and how do they decide which measures to use?

Between January and April 2017, the Learning Network delivered Measuring Wellbeing training to over 500 school workers and allied professionals in 14 locations across the country.  For members who were unable to attend, we filmed trainer Lee Atkins delivering a 30 minute overview of the training which you are welcome to share with colleagues when discussing how to introduce or implement measures in to your school.



The Anna Freud Learning Network also worked in partnership with CORC to develop our first ever online eLearning module following our recent Measuring Wellbeing trainings and online tutorial.

‘Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people’ aims to educate non-specialised and school staff working in children and young people’s mental health in the benefits of measuring and monitoring mental wellbeing over time. This free interactive short course focuses on the effective use of outcome measurement outlined in 6 parts:

  1. Understanding mental wellbeing
  2. Introduction to outcome measures
  3. The benefits of measuring mental wellbeing
  4. Selecting and using measures
  5. Best practice using measures
  6. Using and interpreting data

Outcome measurement is fast becoming a focus of commissioners and policy makers, as a tangible and reliable way in which to assess the welfare of children and young people in the care of wellbeing services and schools.

This course features engaging quizzes and activities to illustrate how staff can choose and use outcome measures to monitor wellbeing and how to analyse wellbeing information to demonstrate impact.

To access the course for free, please click here.

To download the free Mental Wellbeing Toolkit please click here.

To watch a free online tutorial on how to use the Toolkit, please click here.


Childhood Adversity and Trauma: Advancing Research and Practice Seminar - March 22nd 2017

On Wednesday 22nd March, the Anna Freud Learning Network held its first, free seminar and networking event, entitled 'Childhood Adversity and Trauma: Advancing Research and Practice' at Camden Town Hall. 

The event, hosted by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Nadia Shah, was a great success, attracting nearly 100 network members and culminating in an engaging Q&A session. 

The Learning Network also thanks Tim Lineham who chaired the event and our three speakers, Jason Strelitz, Dr. Sheila Redfern and David Trickey whose filmed 10 minute presentations can be viewed below or on the Anna Freud Learning Network playlist here.


Jason Strelitz, Assistant Director of Public Health, London Boroughs of Camden & Islington


Dr. Sheila Redfern, Head of Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment Services (STAMS), AFNCCF


David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, AFNCCF

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Click to access the Anna Freud Learning Network's spotlight on Childhood Adversity and Trauma