Child in Mind Podcasts

We've produced a series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems.

The series, Child in Mind, is presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond. In each 20-minute episode, she discusses an important issue in child and family mental health with an expert and a young person or parent. We're releasing one episode per month. Links are included below and you can also find them on our iTunes podcast channel and Soundcloud account.


What is trauma and how does it affect the brain?

What is trauma, what does it look like, and how does it affect the brain? These questions are discussed in this month's Child in Mind podcast. Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Child Psychologist in the Trauma and Maltreatment Service at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.


Why do some people self-harm?

Self-harming behaviour is becoming more common according to recent statistics, and particularly among young people between 16 and 25 years But what is self-harming behaviour, why do people do it and what help is available for those affected? Claudia Hammond discusses these topics with Dr Trudie Rossouw, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Grace, a 23 year old woman who has previously self-harmed.

What is therapy and does it work?

What is therapy and does it work for mental health problems? These questions are discussed in this month's Child in Mind podcast. Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by Maisy, 18, who has various types of therapy for both obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, and Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

What is ADHD and what help is available for children with ADHD ?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health issue in children. But what is ADHD and what help is available for children who are diagnosed with the condition? Claudia Hammond discusses these topics with Dr Jeanette Phillips, a Consultant Child Psychiatrist, and Minesh, whose 10 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD when he started having problems at school.

What do we know about childhood anxiety and what can parents do about it?

Feeling anxious and worried is a normal experience for children, but how do we know when it's becoming a serious problem and what can we do about it? Claudia Hammond discusses these issues and more with expert Professor Cathy Creswell from the University of Reading, and Beckie, whose whole family was affected by her son's anxiety.