Jaime Smith, Director for the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Programme

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Jaime Smith is the Programme Director for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.  Jaime  started her career as a secondary school teacher in London, and went on to work for  Local Authorities managing  outreach work with vulnerable children and those excluded from education.

Jaime worked for the NSPCC for 8 years managing a team of workers who delivered safeguarding work in Primary schools to children and teachers. This involved large scale engagement and delivery to over 3000 primary schools across London and the South East. 

Since joining the AFNCCF Jaime has established the Schools Programme and led on a number of Projects including :

DfE Mental Health Services and Schools and Colleges link programme which has trained over 3000 professionals and is now being rolled out over 4 years to reach every School and College in England.

DfE Peer Support for CYP Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing programme, working with 90 education settings to develop peer support programmes that support mental health.

Schools in Mind Network, a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools.


The Centre is taking action to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Our physical sites are now closed but we are still at work, with all staff working remotely. Find out more about our training and services and our support for children, young people, their families, and schools and colleges.  

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