Knowledge exchange

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has developed and delivered pioneering mental health care for over 60 years.  Our aim is to transform current mental health provision by sharing our world-leading expertise through research, teaching and training, and innovative services. 

Below you'll find latest resources developed by the Centre including our free eLearning module and 30 minute training video on Measuring Wellbeing and 3 x 10 minute presentations from the Learning Network's first free seminar and networking event regarding childhood adversity and trauma.

To join the Anna Freud Learning Network, please click here.


Breakfast Briefing: New report on tackling challenging treatment endings in child and youth mental health - 26th March 2018.

When clinical improvement has been limited, the end of treatment can be a challenging time, both for young people and their families and for practitioners. With these issues in mind, the Anna Freud Learning Network has initiated an open and honest dialogue about limits of help, and crucially what this means for treatment endings.

This collaborative dialogue has taken the form of a series of events and trainings across the country, including seven roundtable discussions with practitioners and three with young people.

Join us on 26th March 2018 to hear suggestions on the ways forward in addressing this important issue, and to contribute to the debate. More information and registration available here.  

Measuring and Monitoring Children and Young People's Mental Wellbeing eLearning and online training

What is mental wellbeing, why should schools measure it and how do they decide which measures to use?

Between January and April 2017, the Learning Network delivered Measuring Wellbeing training to over 500 school workers and allied professionals in 14 locations across the country.  For members who were unable to attend, we filmed trainer Lee Atkins delivering a 30 minute overview of the training which you are welcome to share with colleagues when discussing how to introduce or implement measures in to your school.



The Anna Freud Learning Network also worked in partnership with CORC to develop our first ever online eLearning module following our recent Measuring Wellbeing trainings and online tutorial.

‘Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people’ aims to educate non-specialised and school staff working in children and young people’s mental health in the benefits of measuring and monitoring mental wellbeing over time. This free interactive short course focuses on the effective use of outcome measurement outlined in 6 parts:

  1. Understanding mental wellbeing
  2. Introduction to outcome measures
  3. The benefits of measuring mental wellbeing
  4. Selecting and using measures
  5. Best practice using measures
  6. Using and interpreting data

Outcome measurement is fast becoming a focus of commissioners and policy makers, as a tangible and reliable way in which to assess the welfare of children and young people in the care of wellbeing services and schools.

This course features engaging quizzes and activities to illustrate how staff can choose and use outcome measures to monitor wellbeing and how to analyse wellbeing information to demonstrate impact.

To access the course for free, please click here.

To download the free Mental Wellbeing Toolkit please click here.

To watch a free online tutorial on how to use the Toolkit, please click here.


Childhood Adversity and Trauma: Advancing Research and Practice Seminar - March 22nd 2017

On Wednesday 22nd March, the Anna Freud Learning Network held its first, free seminar and networking event, entitled 'Childhood Adversity and Trauma: Advancing Research and Practice' at Camden Town Hall. 

The event, hosted by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Nadia Shah, was a great success, attracting nearly 100 network members and culminating in an engaging Q&A session. 

The Learning Network also thanks Tim Lineham who chaired the event and our three speakers, Jason Strelitz, Dr. Sheila Redfern and David Trickey whose filmed 10 minute presentations can be viewed below or on the Anna Freud Learning Network playlist here.


Jason Strelitz, Assistant Director of Public Health, London Boroughs of Camden & Islington


Dr. Sheila Redfern, Head of Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment Services (STAMS), AFNCCF


David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, AFNCCF

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