EBPU projects

Child Policy Research Unit

The EBPU leads on the mental health strand of this Department of Health research project. The multidisciplinary project includes
paediatrics and adolescent health, public health, health economics, clinical psychology, sociology, social policy and care. We are exploring service transformation in CAMHS and investigating which aspects of CAMHS are associated with the most positive outcomes to contribute to a better understanding of child development and learning.

For more information please see the CPRU website

Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) - Data collection and analysis

CYP IAPT is a training project for evidence based treatments, service development and leadership using routine outcome monitoring. The project teaches clinicians how to use immediate feedback to inform their work and improve services. Data is being collected in conjunction with CORC and MegaNexus and findings disseminated to the NHS to inform service transformation.

For more information please see CYP IAPT Data Bulletins

Headstart Evaluation

Headstart is a two-year programme trialling a broad range of initiatives for improving resilience in 10-14 year olds. Funded by the Big
Lottery, and in collaboration with the University of Manchester and Common Room Consulting Ltd., it is being piloted across a number of different community-based schemes in twelve locations.

For further information please see the Big Lottery Fund website 


IncludeME is an online, interactive platform made up of a range of clinical tools or ‘toolbox’, designed to support young people accessing mental health services. The tools encourage young people and those supporting them to collaboratively explore progress during sessions, set and review goals, complete and review outcome measures, and generally encourage young people and their families to feel more involved in their care.

For more information please contact includeme@annafreud.org

My CAMHS Choices (Informed Choice)

Working in close partnership with young people with experience of service use, the project has developed an innovative web-based resource called “My CAMHS Choices”. This resource provides footage and written information to help young people and their families consider what going to CAMHS involves. All materials have been developed in direct collaboration with young people with experience of service use and clinicians working directly with young people and their families. The website is now live and available to use. If you have experience of CAMHS and would like upload your own footage of your experiences, please have a look at the website for details.

Payment Systems (PbR)

This project looked at how children with emotional, behavioural and wider difficulties are being supported and how much these kinds of support might cost so that the right amount of funding is provided for children with such problems. EBPU is one of the partner agencies (along with the Tavistock and South London and Maudsley Trust) to provide a project team to develop ideas as to the best way to take forward PbR in CAMHS. PbR involves developing systems for categorising CAMHS processes and outcomes to aid the development of payment systems.

For more information view the final report

Power Up

Power Up is an app for young people to use from their first assessment with CAMHS. It aims to power up young people to effectively communicate with professionals and caregivers and engage with treatment.

Situation Awareness for Everyone (SAFE)

The Situation Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) programme looks at ways to improve safety on paediatric wards. EBPU is evaluating the impact of this to inform improvements, reduce patient harm and drive changes in staff, patient and family attitudes.

Spreading Improvement

Spreading Improvement, developed in conjunction with CORC, is informed by the findings from previous work on developing shared decision making and personalisation of care in CAMHS, and is based around a structured training course consisting of nine regional master classes which are supported by online materials. It ensures that patient-centred care is at the centre of all CAMHS activity.

For more information please contact ebpu@annafreud.org

Talking Mental Health

Talking Mental Health is a creative, collaborative project working with children and young people to produce an accessible and engaging short animation for 9-11 year olds on how to talk about mental health.

Whats Up! (IncludeME! for Schools)

‘What’s Up’ is a DfE-funded web portal to support and engage 11-16 year olds in self-help and self-management of emotional and behavioural issues. It contains age-appropriate resources and links to other recommended websites and sources of information. For professionals providing support on a 1-1 basis (e.g. SENCOs and youth support workers), the interactive functions of the portal will facilitate communication and shared decision making (e.g. when goal-setting or action planning). Our aim is that the support provided by the web portal will have a positive impact on young people’s emotional and behavioural well-being and consequently improve school attendance and attainment.

If you would like to find out more about the What's Up web portal please email whatsup@annafreud.org

Young SMILES: An intervention to help children with mentally ill parents

Young SMILES is an NIHR Health Technology Award funded feasibility trial. It is led by researchers at the University of Manchester in collaboration with the NSPCC. It aims to enhance health-related quality of life in children who live with a primary carer with serious mental illness. The three-year research project will develop an intervention which builds on the NSPCC’s Family SMILES intervention to have a broader reach and be feasible within an NHS context. The research team will evaluate whether the adapted intervention, called Young SMILES, is acceptable and possible for the NHS to deliver or commission across child, young people’s and adult services. 

This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme (project number 14/29/01).

Youth Wellbeing

There are a range of organisations across the UK who provide mental health and emotional wellbeing advice, help and support. But, it can be hard to know what is available close by or how to judge what is on offer. 

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, working with partners, has created the Youth Wellbeing website to help you find support more easily and provide useful mental health information.