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FROM THE WEBSITE: The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Their vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.

The Anna Freud Centre brings together leaders in neuroscience, mental health, social care and education to work together to improve understanding and practice.

Their goal is to develop, disseminate and deliver the best possible evidence-based treatment, through scientific innovation, research and collaboration and underpinned by the direct experience and insight of children and their families.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge became Patron in February 2016.


September 17, 2015 – Visting The Anna Freud Centre For Children – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Anna Freud Centre in London, England. The visit was for the Duchess to see how the charity is working to lead change in children’s and young people’s mental health care. The Duchess toured the Family School and participated in a range of activities, including the ‘SmartGym’ programme which combines technology and sports psychology. It aims to build resilience, develop emotional skills and improve academic performance in children with emotional and behavioural problems.

December 15, 2015 – Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in group activities as she attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party at Anna Freud Centre in London, England. The Duchess joined groups of families in Festive activities designed to help pupils reflect on the positive progress in their social relationships and communication skills.

May 04, 2016 – Lunch In Support Of The Anna Freud Centre – The Duchess Of Cambridge attends a lunch reception supporting the development of a new centre for Anna Freud in London, England. During her visit Catherine viewed a video which showed the upcoming changes with the centre she also met with families who benefit from the centre as well.

October 11, 2016 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits The Netherlands – During her first solo overseas tour Catherine visited the British Ambassador’s Residence in The Hague, where she convened a roundtable discussion on the themes of addiction, intervention, family and mental health. The discussion brought together professionals from the renowned Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands, with two UK charities of which the Duchess is Patron: Anna Freud Centre and Action on Addiction.

January 11, 2017 – Anna Freud Centre & Child Bereavement UK Centre – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets attendees at the Early Years Parenting Unit (EYPU) of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London, England. The Duchess learned more about their work with families who have children under five years old. Catherine also met with families who use the centre.

November 07, 2017 – Attending Anna Freud National Centre Gala Dinner – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) at Kensington Palace in London, England. The Anna Freud Centre is one of the ‘Heads Together’ charity partners. The event celebrated the new £39 million Centre of Excellence currently under construction on Rodney Street in Islington. During the event The Duchess heard more about the work of the centre from those who are involved with the charity, including families who have benefited from the work of the organisation.