Steering Group members

Action for Children

Action for Children is a large well established children’s charity. Its vision is for every child and young person to have the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. Their work addresses the barriers which prevent young people from fulfilling their potential and promote early action to support their move into adulthood.

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Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF)

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. We pioneer innovative interventions and provide specialist treatment for children and young people with mental health problems. Our aim is to transform current mental health provision in the UK by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment.

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Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)

ACAMH is committed to multi-disciplinary research and practice within child and adolescent mental health. It does this through publication of new research findings and dissemination of innovative practices.

They are a membership organisation that brings together professionals from a range of disciplines to advance standards and support the professional development of all those working to support the mental health of children and young people.

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Barnardo's is a large, well established children’s charity that works to transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through their services, campaigning and research expertise.

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Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. We exist to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. We are a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.

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British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.

As the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, BACP aims to increase public understanding of the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy, raise awareness of what can be expected from the process of therapy and promote education and/or training for counsellors and psychotherapists.

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British Psychological Society

The British Psychological Society, incorporated by Royal Charter, is the learned and professional body for psychologists in the United Kingdom. We are a registered charity with a total membership of just over 50,000.

Under its Royal Charter, the objective of the British Psychological Society is "to promote the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of psychology pure and applied and especially to promote the efficiency and usefulness of members by setting up a high standard of professional education and knowledge". We are committed to providing and disseminating evidence-based expertise and advice, engaging with policy and decision makers, and promoting the highest standards in learning and teaching, professional practice and research. 

The British Psychological Society is an examining body granting certificates and diplomas in specialist areas of professional applied psychology.

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British Youth Council

The British Youth Council empowers young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.

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Carers Trust

Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

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Centre for Mental Health

Centre for Mental Health is the UK's leading authority on mental health research. They work across the life course, but their work on children aims to improve their life chances through the support they need early in life.

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Charlie Waller Memorial Trust 

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust was formed to promote mental well-being and to fight the stigma associated with mental health. The Trust aims to: equip young people to look after their mental wellbeing; help people to recognise the signs of depression in themselves and others so they know when to seek help; ensure expert and evidence-based help is available when people need it.

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Children's Society

The Children’s Society is a large, well established children’s charity. Their aim is to drive change locally and nationally and provide support, helping children when they are at their most vulnerable and have nowhere else to turn

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Family Action

Family Action is a national charity that has provided support to children and families in need for 140 years. We help over 45,000 children and families a year by providing financial, emotional and practical support, especially to those living in poverty.

About 15% of our income supports our work with adults with enduring mental health problems while we provide 12 Building Bridges services across England working with families affected by poor parental mental health . We also work with over 140 schools, supporting children, young people and their families in partnership with school staff.

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Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD)

FPLD are part of the Mental Health Foundation and they work with people with learning disabilities across the age range. Their work influences government and local authority policies and services so that they better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England

MHFA England is a training and campaigning organisation working to improve the mental health of the nation. They provide training and consultancy to workplaces, and as a social enterprise they reinvest their profit to offer free and discounted training to those working with young people. Their evidence-based range of courses includes Mental Health First Aid, a skills and awareness programme which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.

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Mental Health Foundation

Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is the leading UK charity working in mental health and learning disabilities, and incorporates the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. We bring together teams that undertake research, develop services, design training, influence policy and raise public awareness within one organisation. We use our findings to promote survival, recovery and prevention.

We do this by working with statutory and voluntary organisations, from GP practices to primary schools. We enable them to provide better help for people with mental health problems or learning disabilities, and promote mental well-being. We also work to influence policy, including Government at the highest levels, and use our knowledge to raise awareness and to help tackle stigma attached to mental illness and learning disability.

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MindEd aims to be the go-to resource for the one million adults who come into contact with children and young people in the UK. They provide practical e-learning sessions when and wherever they are needed. MindEd is delivered by a Consortium of Medical Royal Colleges and charities, governed through a Health Education England Steering Group.

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The Mix (formerly YouthNet)

The Mix provides information and emotional support for young people in the UK, enabling their users to make the right choices for them.

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The NSPCC is the only charity focussed on ending child cruelty across the UK. Everything we do protects children and prevents abuse.

Our work is driven by the simple belief that no child should suffer. However, we know child abuse is widespread and much remains hidden. This is why we help children and families directly through our local services, bring immediate support through our national helplines and provide training and support to people who work with children. It’s why we campaign for changes to the law and lead public debate.

For more than 125 years, our work around the UK has helped us understand more about what works best for children facing danger and abuse. We continue to learn from children and share this knowledge with professionals, governments and the public, so that together we can end child cruelty.

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Place2Be is the leading UK provider of school-based emotional and mental health services. Founded in 1994, Place2Be has school-based teams in over 170 schools in the UK, supporting 58,000 children. It offers a flexible menu of services that extends its overall reach to 500 schools. The award-winning charity seeks to improve the prospects of children aged 4-14 years, by tackling the complex social issues that result in educational disadvantage.

Place2Be works in schools providing early intervention mental health support, without stigmatising children, young people or families and at a point where they need it most. It effectively removes the emotional barriers to learning and prevents the downward spiral that can lead to low aspirations, poor educational achievement, truancy and exclusion from school. It helps improve children’s classroom learning and academic progress and builds their resilience, providing them with brighter prospects and hopeful futures.

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Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness, the leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. Our aim is to make a practical and positive difference by providing hope and empowerment through effective services and support to all those who need us.

We believe that people who experience severe mental illness are entitled to be treated with respect and as equal citizens. We actively campaign for change through greater awareness and understanding.

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Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

The Royal College of Nursing represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.

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Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is responsible for training and examining paediatricians in the UK. The College has over 16,000 members and serves the needs of children through training and examining paediatricians, advocacy, policy development, promoting paediatric science and research and by listening to the voices of children, young people and their families.

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Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, and the leading medical authority on mental health. It sets standards and promotes excellence in psychiatry and mental health care; leads, represents and supports psychiatrists; and works with service users, carers and their organizations.

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Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

The professional body for speech and language therapists in the United Kingdom. The RCSLT currently has almost 17,000 members. We promote excellence in practice and influence health, education, employment, social care, and justice policies.

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Tavistock Relationships

Established in 1948, Tavistock Relationships is recognised in its field as a centre of advanced practice and study, both nationally and internationally. 

Tavistock Relationships runs a variety of practitioner trainings, ranging from introductory courses to doctoral programmes in couple counselling and psychotherapy, and also provides services to couples and parents throughout London. 

They support the work of frontline practitioners, and aim to foster an approach to family support and mental health service provision which takes the impact of couple relationships on child and family functioning into account. In addition, they undertake research and policy activities which encourage the development and growth of effective and innovative relationship support services.

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Winston's Wish

Winston’s Wish helps children rebuild their lives after the death of a parent or sibling, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope. They are the largest provider of childhood bereavement services in the UK and offer the widest range of practical support and guidance to children, families, professionals and anyone concerned about a bereaved child.

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YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice. We also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through our Parents Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

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Youth Access

Youth Access is the national membership organisation for young people’s information, advice, counselling and support services (YIACS). Through our 250 + membership of predominantly local voluntary sector organisations, Youth Access is the largest provider of advice and counselling services in the country; dealing with over 1 million enquiries a year on issues as diverse as mental health, relationships, sexual health, homelessness and benefits.

Youth Access provides training, resources, research, campaigning and other information and support to ensure high quality services exist to meet young people’s needs, particularly those aged 16-25 years.

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