1. Our vision
  2. Our mission
  3. Our principles
  4. Our commitment to being anti-racist
  5. The Halo Code

Our vision

Our vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.

Our mission

Our mission is to transform the experience of children, young people and their families with mental health. We do this by:

  • Carrying out research to improve understanding of mental health and resilience and to evaluate and improve the treatments and services children and families are offered.
  • Developing new approaches, tools and services to support children, young people and families in distress.
  • Teaching and training a new generation of professionals and researchers in the latest skills and tools to improve mental health globally.
  • Taking a leading role in the development of policy and practice in the UK and beyond to ensure that it is built on science, tested experience and has the input of children, young people and their families.
  • Collaborating nationally and internationally in partnerships which jointly develop a step change in child mental health and wellbeing.

Our principles

All of our work is guided by three principles:

  1. Children, young people and families are at the heart of everything we do
  2. We are committed to discovering and sharing the best way to help children, young people, families, carers and professionals affected by mental health problems.
  3. To strengthen our impact through collaboration and partnership.

Our commitment to being anti-racist

We are working on what it means to say that ‘black lives matter’ in the work that we do.

We recognise that racism and discrimination is deeply engrained in the UK’s social systems and has a huge impact on the lives and mental health of children and families.

As a Centre we're making the time to reflect, to learn and to change, both ourselves and the world around us.

Read our commitment to tackling racism here

The Halo Code

The Centre champions the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black employees’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance. We celebrate Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps. In this workplace, we recognise and celebrate our colleagues’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on an employee's ability to succeed.

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