Expert groups and committees

Staff at the Anna Freud National Centre chair and sit on expert groups and committees seeking to investigate and improve the mental health of children, young people and families and the support available to them.

Currently, staff from the Anna Freud National Centre are involved in the following groups:

SCIE Expert Working Group on Improving mental health support for children and young people in care

Anna Freud National Centre staff involved:

Professor Peter Fonagy (co-chair)

Professor Eamon McCrory (expert working group member)

Dr Sheila Redfern (expert working group member)

About the project

Commissioned by the Department of Health, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is leading a project to improve mental health support for children and young people in care. The role of the expert group is advisory. It will consider the best available evidence and make recommendations to support the development of:

  • care pathways based on young people’s journey through the system
  • models of care to inform the organisation and configuration of services
  • quality principles to help measure high-quality and effective care
  • products and plans to support implementation of the pathways, models and principles.

The project is due to end in October 2017.

Further information about the project and the role of the expert working group can be found on the SCIE website.

NHS England

Professor Miranda Wolpert is the National Informatics and Data Advisor on Child and Adolescent Mental Health at NHS England


Miranda advises NHS England in relation to data, evaluation and informatics for children and young people’s mental health. This includes co-chairing a data surgery to help advise child mental health stakeholders on data requirements and flow to NHS Digital, and co-chairing an outcomes and evaluation group which reviews and advises on best practice in relation to data collection and measurement of impact in child mental health services.

Child Policy Research Unit (CPRU)

Professor Miranda Wolpert leads the Mental Health stream of the Child Policy Research Unit (CPRU), with input from Dr Jessica Deighton and Dr Julian Edbrooke-Childs.


CPRU is a consortium led from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) in partnership with the National Children's Bureau (NCB), the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE).

The aim of the unit is to provide evidence for policy and practice for the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

CPRU considers health in its broadest sense, recognising the many agencies and services involved, and that children's health is shaped by their families, communities, local resources and the wider economic and cultural climate. CPRU’s research focuses on what works, how it works, for whom and in what circumstances, and how families can best be supported in promoting children’s health and well-being. The unit has a particular interest in groups which are currently less well-services and on reducing health inequalities.

Further information on CPRU can be found here.