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.

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 has 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.

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Workshop - Managing child and youth mental health, outside of specialist services

What strategies are young people using to manage their mental health (outside of specialist services)? Are we well informed about what helps who and when? How can we move forward?

We would like to invite you to a workshop hosted by the Anna Freud Learning Network and the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change at UCL, at Lift in Islington on the morning of 2nd May.

We are bringing together mental health practitioners and others who support children and young people's emotional wellbeing, to join us in:

  • hearing findings of a literature review of strategies being used, and their effectiveness
  • hearing feedback from our workshops with young people about what helps them and why
  • reflecting on how to communicate the knowledge we have, and address the questions remaining, to best support young people and those who work with them

It is vital that we draw on a range of expertise as part of this work to better understand the range and effectiveness of non-professionally assisted strategies that young people use to manage mental health problems. We do hope you are able to join us at this collaborative workshop.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. To register for this workshop please click here.


Report - In search of an ending: Managing treatment closure in challenging circumstances in child mental health services

Child and youth mental health services are currently responding to high levels of need with finite resources. At the same time, data shows that not everyone improves or is better at the end of treatment and, for many, difficulties in their lives will be ongoing. Yet practitioners are not generally trained to manage endings when the person is not better and there is no guidance on this from NICE or from other bodies. The public are taught to expect specialist help will make the difference. In this context, ending mental health treatment can be challenging.

During 2017, the Anna Freud Learning Network has been in dialogue with practitioners working in a range of settings, and with young people, to fully explore the factors that can make ending treatment a challenge, approaches that are helpful, and how we can improve things.

In this report we review the challenges and suggest some ways forward. There are three particular areas that warrant ongoing attention or investigation. Read the report 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.


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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