What is the Anna Freud Learning Network?

The Anna Freud Learning Network is a free national network for individuals and organisations. It shares the latest research, resources and learning opportunities with those working to transform the mental health of children and young people.

The Anna Freud Learning Network aims to:  

  • build communities of practice across the United Kingdom  
  • lead training and peer-to-peer learning events  
  • disseminate the latest research and best practice approaches  
  • share expertise on outcome measurement 
  • test and roll out innovation in children’s mental health  
  • link up academics, practitioners and policymakers  
  • highlight the experiences of children and families  
  • connect individuals and organisations with common interests, to share best practice.

Who is the Anna Freud Learning Network for?  

The Anna Freud Learning Network is for anyone who wants to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people: researchers, education professionals, health and social care professionals across voluntary and statutory services, commissioners and young people and their families.

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  • Have a look at our key research findings

    Our research aims to bridge gaps between academic researchers, mental health practitioners and anyone with an interest in mental health. These short summaries of our research studies and evaluation projects are provided in various formats, including podcast, blog and video.

    Explore our research highlights

  • How you can get involved

    Your voice is key in helping us understand, change and improve mental health support and services. We are always looking for people to help us by sharing their experiences and ideas, either through collaborating with us or participating in research, or by joining our team as a volunteer, staff member or intern.

    Look at our current opportunities

  • Child in Mind

    We've produced a series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems. The series, Child in Mind, is presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond. In each 20-minute episode, Claudia discusses an important issue in child and family mental health with an expert and a young person or a parent or carer. 

    Find out more

  • Transformation Seminar video wall

    This ground-breaking free seminar 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 cover a wide range of subjects including social prescribing, belonging and our sense of place, and how neurocognitive and genetic research can improve our understanding of environmental risk.

    Visit our video wall

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