We are in the final stages of forming an Advisory Group to help steer our work.

A group of:

  • young people (aged 18 to 25 years) with lived experience of mental health challenges or an interest in emotional wellbeing

  • parents and carers with lived experience of navigating mental health support and resources available to support children and young people

  • professionals working in mental health, wellbeing, or education (spanning frontline work, management, commissioning, policymaking and researchers / academics)


  • Want to improve mental health support for children, young people and families
  • Believe that we can learn from research and experience
  • Have experiences and personal perspective to actively contribute to discussions


We are delighted to have received a fantastic response from highly valuable individuals. 

We can only now accept further expressions of interest from Young People. 

You can download this image and share on to your network, or on social media, if you know Young People that would be interested:

Download 'sharable information' for Young People  


The CORC Advisory Group includes young people, parents and carers, and professionals (practitioners, policymakers, educators, academics) willing to share their knowledge, expertise and experience to inform and influence CORC’s work.  All with a commitment to progressing CORC’s vision, that evidence is used to improve support for children and young people’s mental health.  

CORC advises Government, large organisations, small organisations and individuals; we are involved in large-scale research and innovative service developments; we publish both peer-reviewed research and accessible guidance and events for the sector.  A project of the Anna Freud Centre, we are dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, and feel passionately in helping everyone working in mental health to actively think about the impact of what they do. We want measurement, evaluation, research and feedback to reach everyone who can use it.

In bringing together the perspectives, knowledge, and experience of a range of relevant and invested stakeholders, the Advisory Group will ensure CORC’s on-going activity:

  • is informed by the lived experience of those it seeks to support
  • is effective in achieving its vision
  • complements other work to improve support for children, young people and families

The group will meet three times a year (termly) - starting November 2022, and members will be asked to be available for interactive online group sessions that will last approximately 90 minutes, with any necessary reading information shared 10 days prior to each meeting for review.   The content of the work is likely to include: the focus of research and CORC projects; ensuring we communicate well with different audiences; help CORC develop relevant resources and information plus guidance and training to improve services.

In addition there will be three optional sessions provided during the year for personal and professional development, through sharing, networking and learning. 


Role Description and Person Specification can be downloaded here, which outlines what we ask members to bring to the Advisory Group.

If you think you can meet this criteria, we encourage your expression of interest (see below).

From becoming an Advisory Group member, you will get:

  • Experience being in a professional advisory group and recognition of your involvement in and contribution to the work of CORC and the Anna Freud centre (e.g. certificates available)
  • Your contribution respected and valued
  • Development of skills - including access to CORC training and events and well as sessions driven by the group's interests
  • To make a positive difference in improving child and mental health support
  • Support, as required for the group to be accessible and comfortable for all
  • £25 Love2Shop voucher per 90-minute session attended

Express your interest by email corc@annafreud.org with 'CORC Advisory Panel' in the subject header, including:

  • your name and contact details
  • a statement outlining why you are interested in being part of the Advisory Group (between 100 and 150 words) - you may also wish to attach your CV
  • any information about relevant experience or skills

Expressions of interest will be reviewed upon receipt.  We will arrange a 15 to 30 minute online meeting with the selected candidates to discuss further.  A formal invitation to join the CORC Advisory Group will then be sent to successful candidates, with the first group meeting due to take place during the Autumn/Winter Term. 

Due to an exceptional response from Professionals and Parents and Carers, we can only now consider further expressions of interest from Young People. 

Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest. 


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