The Link Programme
Today, more than ever, joint working is essential for services to identify and best meet the mental health needs of children, young people and their families.
The Link Programme is a major national initiative, specifically designed to enable collaboration between education and mental health professionals. In building collaboration across local areas, it seeks to get more children and young people the help and support they need, when they need it.
The national roll-out of the programme started in September 2019. It is led by the Anna Freud Centre, funded by the Department for Education and supported by NHS England. Clinical Commissioning Groups play a lead role in their local area, with the Anna Freud Centre offering support every step of the way.
The Link Programme is available free of charge, including to all schools and colleges. It is currently being delivered online through a combination of self-study and live, interactive workshops. Evaluation of the programme to date has found stronger communication and collaboration between the education and health sectors as a result of their involvement.
Find out more about the programme, how it is delivered and the benefits of taking part using the links below.