The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has developed and delivered pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. Our aim is to transform current mental health provision by sharing our world-leading expertise through research, teaching and training, and innovative services. 

Below you'll find the latest learning opportunities developed by the Centre. You can also use the drop down boxes to access previous developments including our free eLearning module and 30 minute training video on Measuring Wellbeing and presentations from the Learning Network's first seminar and networking event regarding childhood adversity and trauma.

To join the Anna Freud Learning Network, please click here.

Our free learning opportunities

Insights from North West England

The Anna Freud Centre is a national charity, and as well as having an office in London, has another concentration of work, projects and collaborations clustered around the North West of England. Our Northern hub offices in Manchester support this activity.

Staff based here support a range of projects in the North West of England, working as part of long-standing collaborations and growing new relationships that relate to our work in research, training, practice and innovative models of provision.

At the Anna Freud Centre, we are actively engaged in building conversations about the significant challenge we face nationally to close the gap in children and young people’s mental health support. In our collaborations in the North West of England, we see a wealth of innovation and good practice. This presents a real opportunity to better meet the needs of children and young people, if shared with other colleagues and parts of the country.

Find out about the Insights from North West England.

For more information or to get involved please contact us at

Transformation Seminars

The Transformation Seminars are a series of free seminars open to the public..

At the heart of the seminars is a profound question: we know that demands on mental health services are rising; we know that this increase can never be met by professionals alone. So what is it that we need to change in the way we lead our lives for our mental health needs to be met. To put it another way, how do we think differently about mental health?

This ground-breaking series brings together some of the most eminent thinkers in child and family mental health in the world. Chaired by Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of The Anna Freud Centre, these multidisciplinary talks range over a wide range of subjects; social prescribing; belonging and our sense of place; and how neurocognitive and genetic research can improve our understanding of environmental risk.

We want a new conversation about mental health, and we’d like you to be part of it. Come and join us and help us take the discussion on mental health into new territory. Be part of the transformation.

To keep informed of upcoming events as they're released, please join the free Anna Freud Learning Network.

The next Transformation Seminars are:

New Transformation Seminars to be announced soon.

Transformation Seminar videos

You can find recorded Transformation Seminars, which we hosted remotely and online, on our Transformation Seminar series video wall.

The series includes:

Slides and audio from previous seminars

In November 2019, Essi Viding, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, discussed how, to progress our understanding of how psychopathology develops, we need to combine different analytical approaches within a longitudinal, developmental, genetically informative framework. You can listen to this seminar on our Soundcloud Transformation Seminars playlist. Slides for this presentation are available here

In his talk, delivered on January 9th 2020, Danny Dorling considers some of the more recent thinking that is bubbling up around the world in fields as divergent as biology, economics and archaeology that suggests that because human beings look for affirmation, a sense of fitting in really matters to most of us.  You can listen to the seminar on our Soundcloud Transformation Seminars playlist. Slides for this presentation are available here.

In February 2020, Miranda Wolpert spoke about the Wellcome Trust's new £200 million ten-year priority mental health programme that will take a bold new approach to find the next generation of treatments and approaches to prevent, intervene, manage and stop relapse of anxiety and depression in young people.  You can here more about this exciting project on our Transformations Seminars playlist here. (Slides are not available for this seminar).

Measuring and Monitoring Children and Young People's Mental Wellbeing

What is mental wellbeing, why should schools measure it and how do they decide which measures to use?

Between January and April 2017, the Learning Network delivered Measuring Wellbeing training to over 500 school workers and allied professionals in 14 locations across the country.  For members who were unable to attend, we filmed trainer Lee Atkins delivering a 30 minute overview of the training which you are welcome to share with colleagues when discussing how to introduce or implement measures in to your school.


The Anna Freud Learning Network has also worked in partnership with CORC to develop our first ever online eLearning module following our recent Measuring Wellbeing trainings and online tutorial.

‘Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people’ aims to educate non-specialised and school staff working in children and young people’s mental health in the benefits of measuring and monitoring mental wellbeing over time. This free interactive short course focuses on the effective use of outcome measurement outlined in 6 parts:

  1. Understanding mental wellbeing
  2. Introduction to outcome measures
  3. The benefits of measuring mental wellbeing
  4. Selecting and using measures
  5. Best practice using measures
  6. Using and interpreting data

Outcome measurement is fast becoming a focus of commissioners and policy makers, as a tangible and reliable way in which to assess the welfare of children and young people in the care of wellbeing services and schools.

This course features engaging quizzes and activities to illustrate how staff can choose and use outcome measures to monitor wellbeing and how to analyse wellbeing information to demonstrate impact.

To access the course for free, please click here.

To download the free Mental Wellbeing Toolkit please click here.

To watch a free online tutorial on how to use the Toolkit, please click here.

Managing treatment closure in challenging circumstances in child mental health services

Child and youth mental health services are currently responding to high levels of need with finite resources. At the same time, data shows that not everyone improves or is better at the end of treatment and, for many, difficulties in their lives will be ongoing. Yet practitioners are not generally trained to manage endings when the person is not better and there is no guidance on this from NICE or from other bodies. The public are taught to expect specialist help will make the difference. In this context, ending mental health treatment can be challenging.

During 2017, the Anna Freud Learning Network has been in dialogue with practitioners working in a range of settings, and with young people, to fully explore the factors that can make ending treatment a challenge, approaches that are helpful, and how we can improve things.

In this report we review the challenges and suggest some ways forward. There are three particular areas that warrant ongoing attention or investigation. Read the report here.

Childhood Adversity and Trauma: Advancing Research and Practice

On Wednesday 22nd March, the Anna Freud Learning Network held its first, free seminar and networking event, entitled 'Childhood Adversity and Trauma: Advancing Research and Practice' at Camden Town Hall. 

The event, hosted by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Nadia Shah, was a great success, attracting nearly 100 network members and culminating in an engaging Q&A session. 

The Learning Network also thanks Tim Lineham who chaired the event and our three speakers, Jason Strelitz, Dr. Sheila Redfern and David Trickey whose filmed 10 minute presentations can be viewed below or on the Anna Freud Learning Network playlist here.


Jason Strelitz, Assistant Director of Public Health, London Boroughs of Camden & Islington


Dr. Sheila Redfern, Head of Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment Services (STAMS), AFNCCF


David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, AFNCCF

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