Our research activity at Anna Freud aims to advance our understanding of mental health and wellbeing in children and young people. We explore how mental health and wellbeing is experienced by children and young people, what influences it, and what supports it. Recent examples include research exploring factors that protect children and young people from mental ill health and factors that put them at risk, and work evaluating what works for whom, why and in which contexts.   

We have a long tradition of leading the way in addressing the challenging questions through innovative research and rigorous and thoughtful evaluation. As well as directly carrying out research, we work with other organisations – including clinical services, schools, FE colleges and voluntary sector organisations to support them to improve their provision through evaluation and ongoing monitoring, and to create a learning community among those who support children and young people’s mental wellbeing. 

To hear about our latest research, resources and learning opportunities on a monthly basis, join the Anna Freud Learning Network a free national network for everyone working to transform the mental health of children and young people.

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