Expert groups and committees

Staff at the Anna Freud National Centre chair and sit on expert groups and committees seeking to investigate and improve the mental health of children, young people and families and the support available to them.

Currently, staff from the Anna Freud National Centre are involved in the following groups:

NHS England

Professor Miranda Wolpert is the National Informatics and Data Advisor on Child and Adolescent Mental Health at NHS England

About the project

Miranda advises NHS England in relation to data, evaluation and informatics for children and young people’s mental health. This includes co-chairing a data surgery to help advise child mental health stakeholders on data requirements and flow to NHS Digital, and co-chairing an outcomes and evaluation group which reviews and advises on best practice in relation to data collection and measurement of impact in child mental health services.

Child Policy Research Unit (CPRU)

Professor Miranda Wolpert leads the Mental Health stream of the Child Policy Research Unit (CPRU), with input from Dr Jessica Deighton and Dr Julian Edbrooke-Childs.

About the project

CPRU is a consortium led from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) in partnership with the National Children's Bureau (NCB), the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE).

The aim of the unit is to provide evidence for policy and practice for the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

CPRU considers health in its broadest sense, recognising the many agencies and services involved, and that children's health is shaped by their families, communities, local resources and the wider economic and cultural climate. CPRU’s research focuses on what works, how it works, for whom and in what circumstances, and how families can best be supported in promoting children’s health and well-being. The unit has a particular interest in groups which are currently less well-services and on reducing health inequalities.

Further information on CPRU can be found here.

NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit

Professor Miranda Wolpert is working as part of a team led by UCL and King's College London to establish the new NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which will bring together mental health researchers, clinicians, service users and carers. The project has been commissioned by the Department of Health and the main aim of the unit is to provide research to inform policy makers.

About the project

The research unit will focus on prevention, access and quality of mental health care, by conducting research on the impact of existing policies and to guide future plans, as well as by providing expert advice in a timely manner. The unit will offer bespoke analyses to help guide mental health policy, drawing on existing data sets to rapidly collect evidence, and by synthesising established findings. The unit will also work with a broader network of experts in the field, and identify researchers who can be available at short notice to offer up advice or to take on short-term projects.

SCIE Expert Working Group on Improving mental health support for children and young people in care

Anna Freud National Centre staff involved:

Professor Peter Fonagy (co-chair)

Professor Eamon McCrory (expert working group member)

Dr Sheila Redfern (expert working group member)

About the project

Commissioned by the Department of Health, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) led a project to improve mental health support for children and young people in care. The role of the expert group was advisory. It considered the best available evidence and make recommendations to support the development of:

  • care pathways based on young people’s journey through the system
  • models of care to inform the organisation and configuration of services
  • quality principles to help measure high-quality and effective care
  • products and plans to support implementation of the pathways, models and principles.

The final report and recommendations of the expert working group were published in November 2017, and can be found on the SCIE website.