Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

The Pears Family School is sponsored by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, a charity with over 60 years’ experience of working with children and families experiencing mental health problems.

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has developed and delivered pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. Our aim is to transform current mental health provision in the UK by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment. We believe that every child and their family should be at the heart of the care they receive, working in partnership with professionals.

Our vision

Our vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.

We will continue to promote resilience and well-being in children, young people and families, as we have for over 60 years.

Additional support for Parents & Carers

Children, young people and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we are committed to involving young people and parents in all aspects of our work. We know that by recognising and promoting the voice of parents and carers, we can work together to better ensure mental health services are meeting the needs of families. We provide a range of meaningful and rewarding volunteering opportunities for adults to participate in across the Centre, through our Parent Champion programme.  For more information, please click here.

Additional support for Schools

Schools in Mind is a free network of over 5,000 school staff and allied professionals which shares academic and clinical expertise regarding the well-being and mental health issues that affect schools.  The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and well-being of the children and young people in their care.   To join the free Schools in Mind network please click here.

You can find out more about the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families at

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Leadership

Peter Fonagy

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