Consultation offer

An overview

At the Anna Freud Centre, our mission is to transform the experience of children, young people and their families with mental health.

The National Centre for Family Hubs contributes to achieving this mission by supporting local authorities and any other organisation looking to design and implement family hubs in their local area. This is so local areas can improve access to early help, through an integrated and accessible local partnership offer. 

We create and disseminate best practice and evidence through our regional support structure and by co-producing online resources, leading communities of practice, and hosting webinars for leaders from local authorities and other stakeholders across England. 

We also recognise that the family hub policy and practice landscape is complex and there is a demand for bespoke consultation to support systems transformation and design. At the Anna Freud Centre, we have a highly experienced team who specialise in children’s service multi-professional systems improvement and therapeutic and social care staff with expertise in supporting babies and children in the early years, in childhood and adolescence.


Our offer

Our team can offer bespoke consultation to support family hub providers develop their: Integrated Care System (ICS); and their clinical support and services.  

Our approach is to work together with system leaders to co-design services and support you and your staff to develop sustainable change for the children and families you work with. We focus on the most vulnerable, and to support the committed children’s workforce with tools, resources and training. 


ICS development  

ICSs are a current priority as they respond to the increased stress for families and deteriorating emotional and mental health needs for infants, toddlers, children, young people and families. This is the context of the societal impact of COVID-19 and the disproportionate impact upon our children and young people living in poverty and facing wider deprivation; those experiencing exclusion and ‘othering’; and those with neuro-diversity, SEND and disabilities. 

Although significant Long Term Plan additional funding has been channelled into Integrated Care Systems to respond to these needs, ICSs are complex and it’s important that investment remains focused on children as well as the broad adult agenda.  

ICS consultation is tailored to support: 

  • Specific workshops exploring the CYP transformation agenda and the potential dialogue with ICSs for all partnership leaders 
  • Continued Professional Development training time for Children’s Services leaders and elected officials outside of the health economy, wishing you understand, engage with and influence ICSs more effectively 
  • Bespoke support to local leaders in ICS planning, Long Term Plan and Local Transformation Plan design and transformation.

A recent ICS training we delivered for Lead Members and Deputy Leaders received hugely positive feedback, with  all delegates rating the session as very good or excellent and giving feedback including: “Very informative- lots to think about”, “I have taken away lots of questions for my DCS”, and “Gave me the context I needed to know.” 


Clinical offer 

As well as the costed targeted offer for children and families with complex needs, we also offer bespoke consultation. The Division’s staff have particular skills in supporting families affected by trauma, parents and carers with complex needs affecting their family relationships and interactions and whole-system support and training for anyone working with children, young people or families. You may have a specific enquiry or you may be interested in finding out more about our five key clinical areas listed below.  

  1. Supporting adolescents
  2. Family trauma
  3. Early years training offer
  4. Adaptive Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT)
  5. Mentalization-based treatment for children and young people 


Evaluation and theory of change  

In response to demand for more support on evaluation and theory of change, we are also developing a consultation offer in this area. This will start in the Autumn.  


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