Advances in Child Mental Health Services: International perspectives

6th August 2018 9th August 2018


Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families Map
4 days
09:30 - 17:00



Training Fee

Places available

About this course

This course will provide a unique overview of best practice in Child Adolescent Mental Heatlh Services (CAMHS) through cutting edge evidence, policy, outcomes, payments and user participation; across different health and welfare systems; an international perspective; and leadership in service planning, delivery and evaluation.


Because CAMHS are currently expanding across the world, albeit usually not in a strategic, co-ordinated or evidence-based way. The course will provide valuable learning in leading future services to make them clinical and cost-effective, accessible, engaging and sustainable.

CAMHS delivery is directly influenced by the socioeconomic climate, both in relation to risk factors for child mental health, and organizationally because of its inter-dependence with social care and education services. In that respect, the course will particularly address the challenges of increasing demand under resource constraints irrespective of the wider health and welfare systems.

The course will cover

  • International and national policy in child mental health and related topics
  • Up to date evidence on population needs, service utilization and practice guidelines
  • Inter-agency working
  • Principles behind different payment systems
  • Outcomes
  • Engaging children, young people and families

Who is this course suitable for?

This course will be suitable for practitioners in clinical management positions; service managers; and aspiring professionals to develop leadership skills in this field.

It will be applicable to child mental health professionals from clinical psychology, psychiatry, nursing or therapy backgrounds; policy officers; service managers; and professionals from related sectors with a remit in child mental health such as social work, education, paediatrics, or the non-statutory sector (NGOs). The course objectives will also be relevant to professionals in private practice.

Aims of the course

  1. An update on current knowledge and evidence-base
  2. Linking policy, service development, practice and evaluation
  3. International perspective
  4. Leadership skills within this context
  5. To work toward your service development project plan

Service Development Project Plan

There is an expectation on this course that delegates will bring a specific idea or question to the course which they will work with course leads to develop throughout the study week.

Example questions considered (but not restricted to) include:

  • The service I work for has a high referral rate for behavioural problems. How would we work with other   agencies to address this issue?
  • How do I incorporate outcome measures in my service and use this data to improve the service I work in?
  • How do I demonstrate the effectiveness of a new service?

Please note, Peter Fonagy teaches, 9th August from 09.30-13.00 on this training course rather than the full duration of the training. At times, due to unforeseen circumstances his teaching time is reduced. The training is led by other experienced trainers. Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families reserves the right to change speakers without notice