Improving help for parents and carers

When trauma and adversity are experienced at a young age, the impact on development can be significant. At the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families our clinical services work to develop innovative and effective ways of preventing and limiting the potential for harm caused by early adversity and trauma.

Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

Parent-Infant Psychotherapy helps parents with babies under 12 months where difficulties with the attachment relationship pose a risk to the child's development.

It is the Centre's ambition to improve the availability and efficacy of interventions for young parents who have been in care and who may be at risk of returning to care with their baby.

Click for more information regarding this service.

Reflective Parenting

Reflective Parenting

Low Reflective Functioning (the ability to understand ourselves and others) in parents has been linked to attachment difficulties in the child.

Reflective Parenting is an approach used by the Centre’s clinical services that supports parents to better understand what is happening in their child’s mind, helping them manage their child’s behaviour and build the relationship with their child.

Enquiries via Head of Clinical Administration, Anna Kennett

Click to download our Reflective Parenting Group leaflet.

Community-based parent and toddler groups

Community-based parent and toddler groups

The Centre’s parent-toddler groups provide a safe environment for parents and carers to come together with clinicians to support the toddler’s development through talk and play, and address difficulties in the parent-child relationship.  

Click for more details about the Centre's Parent-Toddler Group.


Early interventions for children with trauma (CFTSI)

Early interventions for children with trauma (CFTSI)

Developed at Yale University, the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) is being trialled in the UK by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

The Centre will use CFTSI to support young people aged 7 – 18 showing at least one new symptom of PTSD after experiencing or witnessing domestic violence and abuse, physical abuse, and/or emotional abuse. The intervention works with young people together with their parent/carer. Early intervention is key to CFTSI, which is delivered within 45 days of the occurrence or disclosure of the incident. 

Referrals can be made directly to the CFTSI team of four clinicians who have recently trained in this model. Send referrals direct to CFTSI in the STAMS clinical service at AFNCCF via Head of Clinical Administration, Anna Kennett

Discover more about CFTSI.

Multi-family day provision

Multi-family day provision

Multi-family therapy is an evidence-based approach that brings several families together to share their resources, strategies and ideas, enabling them to learn from one another whilst the therapist takes a 'back-seat'.

The Anna Freud Centre uses a multi-family group approach in a range of settings, including at the Early Years Parenting Unit and the Pears Family School, and delivers training to a range of professionals on Multi-family therapy.

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