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Driving change in children's mental health

One in 8 children have a mental health disorder, and as a society we need to act on this as a matter of urgency.  

At the Anna Freud Centre, we are serious about solutions.  Building on 60 years' experience, the organisation's new Kantor Centre of Excellence will  bring together the best in research, clinical expertise and training under one roof and help turn cutting edge research into policy and practice that can give more children and young people the help they need when the need it.

Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, says:  'Childhood mental health disorders have reached unacceptably high levels.  As a society, we have a moral imperative to drive change on children's mental health.  Opening our new building is our contribution to this - giving parents, communities and practitioners the skills, knowledge and support to help children build their health and wellbeing, and the confidence to seek professional help when needed.'

Pears Family School

Pears Family School will be at the heart of the Centre of Excellence. A specialist school where children with serious emotional and behavioural issues who have been excluded from mainstream schools attend with their families, the Pears Family School is the first of its kind to integrate education and mental health provision.


Financing and timetable

The new Centre of Excellence will open in early 2019 We have launched a £41 million capital appeal to achieve this. We have secured £25 million to date. We have launched a fundraising campaign to raise the remaining £16 million needed to ensure this project reaches completion

See the vision taking shape.

How you can help

By making a donation to this potentially life changing project, you can make this vision a reality and help transform the future of hundreds of thousands of children and families.

If you would like to discuss how you could support this life-changing project, or would like further information please contact: Ros Bidmead, Chief Operating Officer:, 020 7443 2270.