• Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

    Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

    The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) has been developing and delivering pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. They are leading the way by campaigning for and creating mental health services built around the needs and experiences of children, young people and their families and not around the institutions who deliver them

    AFNCCF's vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life. We won't rest until every child and their family has the support they need and deserve, whatever their circumstances.

    As part of the learning partnership with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU), CORC are able to mobilise their resources and expertise to effectively deliver the thinking, practice and research to help provide children and young people and families with the right support in a collaborative and innovative way.


    Contact Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

    Tel: 0207 794 2313

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  • Evidence Based Practice Unit

    Evidence Based Practice Unit

    The Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU) bridges the worlds of academic research and mental health practice. The unit contributes to research and develop practical tools, training and information for children, families and professionals. 

    EBPU sits within UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, thus linking the worlds of academia and professional practice. The unit also works closely with CORC and together they share the vision for all children and young people's wellbeing support to be informed by real-world evidence so that every child thrives.


    Contact Evidence Based Practice Unit

    Tel: 0207 443 2218

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  • HeadStart Learning Team

    HeadStart Learning Team


    We also have experience of evaluating large scale projects including HeadStart, set up by the National Lottery Community Fund, which aims to improve the mental wellbeing of 10-to 16-year olds by testing a wide range of interventions in schools and the community at six different pilot areas across the country. 

    The Evidence Based Practice Unit at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL is working with Community Fund and the HeadStart partnerships to collect and evaluate evidence about what does and doesn’t work locally to benefit young people now and in the future. Partners working with the Evidence Based Practice Unit on this evaluation include the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), Common Room, London School of Economics and the University of Manchester.

    School interventions include whole school, year group and class level support, such as education around what mental health is and what to do when experiencing a mental health problem. Other interventions, such as one-to-one counselling sessions, are for particular groups of young people e.g. those who are at higher risk of developing a mental health problem.

    Visit the HeadStart Learning Team Website

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  • We Can Talk

    We Can Talk

    We Can Talk co-produced (with hospital staff, young people and mental health experts) a competency framework in children and young people’s mental health and developed, piloted and evaluated a co-designed (and co-delivered) one-day Training linked to the competencies to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of any member of staff who sees children and young people in their role (clinical and non-clinical).

    We Can Talk is currently working with 16 NHS trusts to train over two thousand members of hospital staff and establish a sustainable model for local delivery. Find out more about the organisations who are already part of our Family or learn more about our plans to Change the Future.

    CORC are the preferred data partner for We Can Talk. We independently analyse their staff survey and impact data to ensure We Can Talk can provide high quality reports to partners and build the evidence base for training acute hospital staff in children and young people’s mental health.

    Contact We Can Talk


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  • THRIVE Framework

    THRIVE Framework

    THRIVE: a conceptual framework for CAMHS was developed by a collaboration of authors from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The THRIVE framework is an integrated, person centred and needs led approach to delivering mental health services for children, young people and their families. It conceptualises need in five categories:

    1. Thriving
    2. Getting Advice and Signposting
    3. Getting Help
    4. Getting More Help
    5. Getting Risk Support.

    Emphasis is placed on prevention and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing. Children, young people and their families are empowered through active involvement in decisions about their care through shared decision making, which is fundamental to the approach. 


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