Anna Freud Centre

About Us

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is the leading national charity supporting young minds through innovative therapeutic practice, training and research. Our vision is a world in which children, young people and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life. We care for young minds in five main ways:

  1. Researching the underlying causes of childhood emotional distress using the latest neuroscience techniques;
  2. Developing, piloting and evaluating new, cost-effective interventions and treatments for children and families facing mental health difficulties;
  3. Supporting mental health and education services to improve their practice, through the collection and evaluation of outcomes data and shared decision making;
  4. Offering teaching and training courses and building a global network of researchers, clinicians and mental health, social care and education professionals to ensure that new knowledge and ideas are shared as widely as possible;
  5. Providing advice and leadership to national policy initiatives focused on improving children and young people’s mental health.

Our Patron: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a company limited by guarantee, company number 03819888, and a registered charity, number 1077106.

Children, Young People and Families are at the heart of everything we do; we are committed to discovering and understanding the best way to help children, parents and professionals

The Centre collaborates with UCL in offering a unique portfolio of postgraduate programmes in child and adolescent mental health, covering both clinical training and research, ranging from certificate to doctoral levels.

The Centre values diversity and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We encourage applications from all sections of the community.


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