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What is the Link Programme?

The Link Programme is an established national initiative to support children's mental health, which is now in it's sixth year. It is delivered by the Anna Freud Centre, funded by the Department for Education, and supported by NHS England and strategic leaders from local authorities, education departments, and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. The programme is delivered fully online and has been adapted for the 2021/2022 academic year to provide greater flexibility to respond to local needs.

The aim of the programme is simple: to bring together local leaders in education and mental health to identify the support required by children and young people in their area, so they get the help they need, when they need it. 

View the full list of local authorities taking part in the programme in 2021/2022 

  • We have recruited 53 local authorities to participate in the Link Programme in the 2021/22 academic year. If you would like to be informed of future recruitment rounds please email linkprogramme@annafreud.org

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