At Anna Freud, our vision is a world where all children and young people are able to achieve their full potential.
A world in which they and their families get support that is designed with their input, available at the right time, and meets their needs, so that they can develop their emotional and mental health.
For under fives
We have a selection of resources for early years wellbeing including working with babies & young children on digital platforms, coronavirus support, and a 'Bonding with baby' podcast.
School and college resources
Browse our free mental health resources for those working in primary, secondary and FE settings.
For children and young people
Our children and young people's wellbeing resources aim to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health & wellbeing. These pages have been co-produced by young...
Our latest news
Voices that should be heard
In the week we launched our new participation strategy our Head of Participation, Bez Martin, took some time to reflect on what meaningful youth-led change means to her.
Participation at Anna Freud – Poetry in motion
This week is the 10th annual Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme is ‘My Voice Matters’.
Anna Freud to transform how it amplifies young voices
Anna Freud will mark this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February) by launching a bold new approach to youth voice and participation.
Anna Freud Crisis Messenger
The Anna Freud Crisis Messenger text service is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. Their service is staffed by trained volunteers who will work with you to take your next steps towards feeling better.
If you need support, you can text AFC to 85258.
The HeadStart Learning Programme
The Evidence Based Practice Unit leads the national evaluation of HeadStart. Together with our partners, we evaluate and share learning from the HeadStart programme.
Education for wellbeing
Explore Education for Wellbeing, England's major mental health intervention trial in schools. Backed by the Department for Education, we assess innovative approaches with Anna Freud, gau...
The Reflective Fostering Study
A 12-month exploration assessing the impact of the Reflective Fostering Programme on children aged 4-13 in care.
Become our Partner
Collaborations and partnerships are crucial to our research. Our research units and collaborative projects pool expertise around particular priorities or areas of work.
We collaborate with academic institutions to carry out research and we partner with national and international organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and families to maximise our impact.
Upcoming training courses
Senior mental health lead training
Online training courses for senior mental health leads, helping you develop a sustainable whole-school approach to mental health.
Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F)
This course offers a comprehensive introduction to Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F), providing a hands-on exploration of the model's essential elements.
Story Stem Assessment Profile Training
The Story Stem Assessment Profile (SSAP) is a clinical and research assessment tool for use with clinical and maltreatment populations.
Become a Champion
Our Champions volunteer their time, experience and expertise to contribute to our projects and services, all of which are focused on improving the wellbeing and mental health of children, young people and families.
This can involve things like: supporting us to review our resources, sharing parents'/carer's perspective as part of our training days for mental health professionals, helping out at events and much more.
Upcoming conferences and events
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Long-Term Health Conditions
This one day CPD event will examine how we can use the DIT model to provide a meaningful therapeutic intervention for long term health conditions, including Long Covid.
Structured Clinical Management CPD Event
Explore the distinctions between Structured Clinical Management (SCM) and other treatments for complex emotional and relational issues in both group and individual settings.
National Centre for Family Hubs National Conference: Unheard and unseen voices
Learn more about the National Centre for Family Hubs national conference: Unheard and unseen voices.