Who we are
The Family Trauma Department sits within our Clinical Division at the Anna Freud Centre. It comprises a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals, some with a background in social care and others in a CAMHS setting. Our specialist team undertakes assessments of whole families where children are on the edge of care and in care-proceedings and makes recommendations about care, contact, therapy and support needs. Packages of therapy can be commissioned for children, young people and their parents, carers and whole families following family trauma including abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, domestic abuse or homicide), neglect, traumatic loss or separation. The team also undertakes assessment and therapeutic work with children living in families with high levels of conflict between parents and families with adopted children (see below for details). In addition, there are several projects sitting within the Family Trauma department which work with whole systems, e.g. social care and CAMHS.
Other services available in the Family Trauma Department:
- Training to individuals and teams
- Packages of individual and family therapy following care proceedings, while children are in the care of the local authority and with families affected by trauma but where safety has been established
- Consultation to networks and organisations working with family trauma
- Supervision to teams and organisations working with family trauma