What was the Link Programme?

The Link Programme was a national initiative to support children's mental health, which ran from 2015 - 2022.

Delivered by the Anna Freud Centre, the Link Programme was supported by NHS England and strategic leaders from local authorities, education departments, and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Led by local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups, with education colleagues playing an essential part, the aim of the programme was to bring together local leaders in education and mental health to share challenges and best practice.

The resulting discussions and workshops enabled local areas to identify and develop pathways to timely and appropriate support for children and young people.

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